Majority of Brits’ appetite for driverless cars hits the slow lane

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is calling for more driverless car trials on UK roads so people can see the vehicles in action and experience them

Government urged to fund local energy trials at universities

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers says demonstration projects will encourage innovation as well as help universities in meeting their own decarbonisation targets

Half of Brits back coal with carbon capture technology

Around 50% of the public would back the construction of coal and gas plants with carbon capture and storage technology. A new survey of 2,009 people by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) also revealed 35% said the government’s first priority for generating power should be enough to meet all domestic and industrial needs. A […]

UK’s exit from European nuclear body ‘could threaten new build, supplies’

The future of Britain’s nuclear reactors, decommissioning activities and fuel supplies could be at risk if the UK leaves a Europe-wide nuclear co-operation body without transitional arrangements. The warning from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) comes as ministers previously said the government intends to leave Euratom as part of Brexit. It is calling on […]

UK ‘could face power supply crisis by 2025’

The closure of coal and nuclear plants in the UK could lead to an electricity supply gap of up to 55% in the next 10 years. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) believes plans to plug the gap by building Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) plants are “unrealistic as the UK would need to build […]

Call to “put the freeze” on sub-Saharan food waste

It’s time to stop wasting mountains of food in the developing world by rolling out better fridges and chilling, British engineers demanded today. Big population growth is predicted in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, meaning the regions will need to improve their farming productivity. But much of the food produced today “does not actually reach a […]

‘Nearly half of Brits don’t want fracking near their homes’

Nearly half (47%) of Brits wouldn’t be happy for shale gas drilling to take place within 10 miles of their homes, a new survey reveals. They are fearful of the damage fracking could cause to the local environment, the chemicals used, health risks and contamination of drinking water as well as the associated noise and […]

Majority of Brits worried about blackouts and higher energy bills

A new survey on the UK’s energy policy has revealed that 64% of the public is concerned about the possibility of blackouts and a staggering 93% are worried about higher energy bills. The poll of more than 2,000 people also found that more than half believe the Government should support construction of more renewable energy […]

43% of UK public back new nuclear subsidy

More than a third (43%) of the British public said they would support Government subsidy for the construction of new nuclear power plants in the UK. That is in comparison to only 28% who said they would not, according to a new poll of more than 2,000 people. It also revealed almost half (46%) of […]

New nuclear build will lock consumers into higher energy bills

The Government’s plans for new nuclear power stations in the UK will lead to consumers facing higher energy bills for many more years to come. That’s the view of environmental groups following the approval yesterday for EDF Energy to construct a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. They are urging the Government to […]