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Saturday 24 March 2018
24 March 2018 - NEWS UPDATE

Scotland invests in green energy skills

Scotland has announced a Green Economy and Skills investment package, including £30 million for energy efficiency and low carbon schemes, and the creation of an Energy Skills Academy. The scheme will deliver a new employer recruitment initiative which will create up to 10,000 opportunities for small and medium enterprises to recruit young people.


Shell offers cash boost for low carbon business ideas

Small enterprises looking for a "no strings attached" financial boost to aid the development of innovative, low-carbon business ideas can now apply for an award from Shell Springboard.


Vince Cable identifies low carbon and energy sectors for growth

Business Secretary Vince Cable has set out his vision for the future of British Industry, looking at where the UK has a competitive advantage, and where it can build on that in the next 20 years and has included the low carbon and energy sectors in his plan. Energy is identified in one of three target categories for support, with an industrial strategy for the sector expected early next year.


New Energy Minister answers his critics

Newly-appointed Energy Minister John Hayes has confirmed his support for tackling energy security and climate change. He was put on the back foot immediately after being given the post in David Cameron's reshuffle by a flood of tweets and web postings noting his opposition to wind farms.



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Oil and gas production continues to decline as sector trade deficit doubles to £11 billion

UK oil and gas production will decline in the coming years, according to the Government's Economic Indicators published today. Recent discoveries of onshore unconventional (shale) gas reserves might just have an impact; but this will probably not be for some considerable time.


Low carbon sector a UK success as it grows nearly 5 per cent each year

The UK's low carbon and environmental sectors have continued to grow despite the deepest recession in living memory. According to a report by the Green Alliance, the sector was worth £122bn in 2011 and has grown between four and five per cent since the financial crisis of 2008.


Repeat business is key for A&P

A huge car carrier which has dominated the skyline at Falmouth Docks during August left the port on August 22, signaling the end of another successful ship repair contract for A&PFalmouth.