North Sea oil workers on Shell rigs strike over pay

Around 400 offshore oil and gas workers have gone on strike over plans to cut pay, allowances and jobs. The workers, employed by Wood Group, are spread across seven Shell platforms and are striking for 24 hours. They belong to the RMT and Unite unions. Other RMT members are currently also occupying Shell’s offices in […]

npower’s job cut plans ‘about costs and naked greed’

Unions have slammed npower over its plans to outsource thousands of British jobs to India, claiming they are about the energy firm’s “naked greed”. GMB said npower’s claims that its plans are part of an effort to increase customer experience “has nothing to do with that and everything to do with costs”. The energy giant […]

npower owner to cut 6,700 jobs across Europe

The npower owner RWE has said it is to cut 6,700 jobs across Europe, after predicting a difficult next year in the company’s third quarter results. A spokesperson told ELN the equivalent of this many jobs would be cut but it was unclear exactly what this entails. RWE has announced its profits (EBITDA – Earnings […]

npower cuts gas prices by 5%

npower has become the latest of the Big Six to announce a price cut. From 1st February it will cut its domestic gas prices by 5% for customers on standard and capped tariffs. Announcing the changes Paul Massara, chief commercial officer at RWE npower, said: “It’s obviously no coincidence that several energy companies have announced […]

Haringey to splash £15m on solar

A London borough is planning to splash out up to £8.5million on a solar scheme for its council offices. Haringey Council hopes to attract a further £7.5million of private investment through hiring out social housing rooftops. But some councillors have questioned whether it is the best use of public cash in a time of swingeing […]

Pollution could increase as cutbacks bite

Pollution and damage to property could increase because of cuts to public sector funding. That’s the message from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) who want urgent action to address cuts in funding for the brownfield sector. They say Government budget cuts mean councils and the Environment Agency are suffering from a […]

Europe rejects tougher Carbon targets

The European Parliament has voted against increasing limits on greenhouse gas emissions from 20% to 30% by 2020 from 1990 levels. WWF say support for the amendments came from Conservative MEPs, with Martin Callanan, leader of the UK Conservative delegation ignoring UK Government policy in favour of a 30% emissions reduction target for the EU. […]

Low Carbon Buildings Programme scrapped

The government has scrapped the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in a move it says will save £3m. The closure is part of the government’s £6bn-worth of spending cuts announced on Monday. Of this £6bn, some £85m will come from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, with the first casualty being the LCBP. DECC says […]