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Civil engineering in the news today -- Wednesday 8 October

The future of coal-fired power generation in Europe was called into question yesterday after a European Parliament committee backed new laws that would force power companies to pay for all of their carbon dioxide emissions from 2013.

The decision, which could cost the power industry €30bn (£23bn) a year and trigger a steep rise in electricity bills, represents a huge boost for Europe’s renewable energy industry – The Times

European legislators have committed about €10bn (£7.7bn) to help build as many as a dozen power stations equipped to capture and store carbon dioxide, throwing its weight behind a technology that supporters say has immense potential to curb greenhouse gases. The European parliament's environmental committee brushed aside concerns about financial turmoil to back the unproven technology in a narrow vote in favour of a package that would make Europe a leader in cutting emissions – The Financial Times

Diversification away from road maintenance is spurring growth at Mouchel in spite of concerns the government and regulated industries it caters to will have less cash to spend because of the economic downturn. Shares in the infrastructure services group jumped 14 per cent on a bullish outlook from management – The Financial Times

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