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Apr 4, 2014

Whisky gets greener as Scottish distillers burn waste byproducts

SPEYSIDE (Reuters) – Scotch whisky distillers are burning their unwanted grain byproducts, wood chips and other types of biomass for a source of energy in remote areas of the Highlands, where gas links are scarce and fuel oil is pricey.

The production of Scotch whisky has evolved over more than 500 years and is steeped in tradition. It is also a big business, generating 4 billion pounds ($6 billion) a year in exports – a quarter of all Britain’s food and drink sales abroad.

Apr 2, 2014

UK could produce shale gas in 4 years in emergency -Cuadrilla

LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) – Shale gas production in Britain
could begin within four years if the current crisis in Ukraine
escalates to such an extent that a national state of emergency
is declared, the chief executive of Cuadrilla Resources said.

Britain is in the early stages of exploring for shale gas to
counter its growing dependence on imports, and geologists have
estimated it could have shale resources equivalent to several
hundred years of demand.

Mar 13, 2014

EU reaches deal on mackerel with Norway, Faroe Islands

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – The European Union has reached
a deal on mackerel fishing rights in the northeast Atlantic with
the Faroe Islands and Norway, ending a dispute that led the EU
to ban imports from the Faroe Islands last year, the EU
Commission said.

The agreement was brokered in London and will run until
2018. It established a commitment on sustainable fisheries and a
commitment to launch a new long-term management plan for
mackerel fishing this year.

Mar 12, 2014

Britain faces 12 GW of power plant closures by end-2023 -data

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Britain could face at least 12
gigawatts (GW) of power plant capacity going off line by the end
of 2023 due to tighter European Union pollution regulation,
Reuters calculations based on government data showed on
Wednesday.

Britain is at risk of a severe power capacity crunch in the
2020s as ageing nuclear power stations come to the end of their
life and coal and gas plants shut down because they cannot
afford to add costly technology to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions to comply with EU law.

Mar 6, 2014

UK needs 100 bln pounds more to meet 2020 carbon targets

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s investment in
low-carbon energy is running at less than half of the 200
billion pounds ($334.6 billion) needed over the next decade to
meet emissions reduction targets, British lawmakers said in a
report on Thursday.

The European Union as a whole has to cut emissions by 20
percent from 1990 levels by 2020 under the Kyoto Protocol
international climate pact.

Mar 6, 2014

UK needs 100 bln pounds more to meet 2020 carbon targets-report

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s low-carbon energy
investment is currently running at less than half of the 200
billion pounds needed over the next decade to meet national and
international emissions reduction targets, British lawmakers
said in a report on Thursday.

The European Union as a whole has to cut emissions by 20
percent from 1990 levels by 2020, under the only legally binding
global climate pact the Kyoto Protocol.

Mar 5, 2014

U.N. says China, US climate cooperation raises hopes for global deal

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Closer cooperation between China and the United States, the top two greenhouse gas emitters, on combating global warming is boosting prospects for a U.N. deal meant to be agreed next year, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Wednesday.

Christiana Figueres also said a “global transformation” of the economy was needed to fight climate change and that time was short if nations were serious about the end-2015 deadline. Little progress has been made so far in negotiations since 2012.

Mar 5, 2014

Britain far from primed for shale gas exploration, experts say

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – Britain may be a prime location
for shale gas exploration in Europe, but a lack of onshore
drilling infrastructure and local opposition will impede
development, experts and geologists said at a shale conference
in London.

Britain is in the early stages of exploring for
unconventional gas to counter growing dependence on imports and
to emulate the success the United States has had in lowering its
energy prices due to a shale boom.

Mar 2, 2014

Europe’s flood losses to soar by 2050, research shows

LONDON (Reuters) – Extreme floods like those swamping parts of Britain in recent months could become more frequent in Europe by 2050, more than quadrupling financial losses, if climate change worsens and more people live in vulnerable areas, research showed on Sunday.

The study said instances of very extreme floods, which now occur about once every 50 years, could shorten to about every 30 years, while cases of extreme damage now occurring once every 16 years could shorten to once every 10 years.

Feb 26, 2014

UK forces big power companies to reveal wholesale prices

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s main energy suppliers
will have to disclose long-term power prices twice daily from
next month under rules to be enforced by regulator Ofgem aimed
at encouraging new entrants into a fairer energy market.

From March 31, Britain’s largest six energy suppliers
-Centrica-owned British Gas, SSE, EDF Energy
, RWE npower, E.ON and Scottish
Power – will have to publish wholesale power prices for
as far as as two years ahead at 1030 GMT and 1530 GMT on an
exchange or face penalties.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
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