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Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

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Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change - the official watchdog - says. The government says the UK is cutting emissions faster than any other G7 nation - and the committee agrees there has been a big shift under Theresa May. However, it says the UK will fall short of its ambitions unless ministers do more to turn pledges into reality. The warning comes less than a week after the prime minister launched a 25-year plan to protect the environment, including eradicating all avoidable plastic waste by 204... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover to open R&D center for automated tech in Ireland

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JLR said last year that all its new cars would be available in an electric or hybrid version from 2020 and is building its first fully electric model, the I-PACE, in Austria, which will go on sale in 2018.The company said it had selected Shannon, in western Ireland, as it is a globally recognized center of excellence for software engineering talent. “The new facility provides an exciting opportunity for us to pioneer future autonomous and electrification technologies,” said JLR’s Executive Director of Product Engineering Nick Rogers. ”The... Read More »

Lloyd’s of London to open Brussels unit in early 2019: CEO

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Lloyd’s has been among the most vocal financial businesses on the need for a European Union subsidiary if Britain has no access to the single market after leaving the bloc and is one of the first to announce such a move. Lloyd‘s, which started life in Edward Lloyd’s coffee house in 1688, houses more than 80 syndicates in a building in the City of London. Its syndicates focus on specialist insurance and reinsurance in anything from oil rigs to athletes’ legs. The venerable insurance market said last March that it had chosen Brussels as the si... Read More »

Iceland supermarket chain aims to be plastic free by 2023

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Prime Minister Theresa May has called plastic waste "one of the great environmental scourges of our time". Iceland says the move will affect more than a thousand own label products. As a first measure, the grocer says new food ranges being launched in February will be packaged using a paper based tray, rather than plastic. "Iceland's pledge will help cut down the one million tonnes of plastic generated by supermarkets in the UK each year," a company spokesman said. "The process to do this starts now, and Iceland is aiming to complete it w... Read More »

A nation of knitters: how crafts became Britain’s fastest-growing creative industry

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In an age of Snapchat, virtual reality headsets and Instagram influencers, you could be forgiven for wondering if knitting, embroidery and pottery were set to die out with their older participants. In fact, the industry is in rude health. According to government statistics, crafts were the fastest growing component of Britain’s heralded creative industries in 2016, up 44pc on 2010 and contributing £420m of gross value added to the economy. That might be peanuts compared to the music or film industries, but the numbers are going in the rig... Read More »

London home sellers slash prices at biggest rate since financial crisis

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The prices that London home-sellers are seeking for their properties fell by the most since the financial crisis this month, at a time when prices in most of the rest of Britain are rising, industry figures showed on Monday. London’s once red-hot housing market has slowed for the past year due to a double hit from higher purchase taxes on expensive homes and the June 2016 Brexit vote, which hurt demand from foreign buyers and raised fears of big job losses in the capital’s financial industry. Rightmove, Britain’s biggest property website,... Read More »

UK satellite to make movies from space

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The demonstrator is expected to pave the way for a series of at least 15 such spacecraft, which will be operated by the Guildford-based company Earth-i. The small, low-cost UK mission was one of 31 payloads riding on the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. It lifted off from the Satish Dhawan spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. Controllers made first contact with the UK satellite as planned within a few hours. The spacecraft is a pre-production model. If it performs well over the coming months, its manufacturer, SSTL, also in Guildford, will pro... Read More »

Google quietly buys UK startup Redux that turns surfaces into speakers

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Alphabet’s Google has quietly acquired a UK startup focused on technology that turns surfaces such as phone displays into speakers. Redux developed technology that eliminates the need for small speakers in mobile phones, freeing up space for batteries or other components, the Cambridge based startup said on its now defunct website. It is unclear when Alphabet -- via an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google -- acquired Redux, but the transfer of shares of Redux holding company NVF Tech to the US tech giant was confirmed on December 13, according... Read More »

Heathrow airport reports record passenger numbers for 2017 due to bigger and fuller planes

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A record-breaking 78 million passengers hustled through Heathrow airport in 2017, marking a more than 3 per cent increase on the previous year’s figure, thanks to larger and fuller aircraft flying in and out of the international transport hub. The airport on Thursday said that Heathrow last year had also continued to grow into one of the fastest growing major European hubs for cargo. A total of 1.7 million metric tonnes of cargo passed through the airport during the 12-month period, which is approximately equivalent to the weight of 134,000 ... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover reports record annual sales

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The company said Jaguar sold 178,601 cars, up 20% on the year before, while Land Rover sales rose 2% to 442,508. JLR said sales had more than tripled since 2009. It said this was the seventh successive year of growth, which was driven by the introduction of new models and increased uptake of its clean diesel and petrol engines. Jaguar saw strong demand for the Jaguar F-Pace, XE and XF models, while Land Rover's best-seller for the year was the Discovery Sport, which sold 126,078 vehicles. The company said that growing sales in China and the ... Read More »

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