Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Civil Engineering in the papers today - Monday 3 November 2008

Food waster weighing thousands of tons will be converted into methane gas and used to generate electricity providing hear and light for J Sainsbury supermarkets from next year. . . .

Lawrence Christensen, the supply chain director, said that from 2009 Sainsbury's intends to become the first leading British retailer not to send any waste to landfill sites - The Times

The case of building a third runway at Heathrow has been challenged by figures showing a significant fall in flights this winter as cabinet ministers join a Labour revolt against expanding the airport. The number of flights to and from Heathrow will fall by 1.9% this winter conmpared with the same period last year, according to figures obtained by the Guardian. – The Guardian

The government should revise its target to build 3m new homes by 2020 in the light of the economic downturn, which gives ministers a chance to save Greenfield land from development, a committee of MPs says today. In a report, the environmental audit committee (EAC) calls on ministers to recognise that the slowing of the housing market means that Greenfield sites could be developed unnecessarily if local authorities continue to face pressure to provide land. – The Guardian.

Subsidies to fossil-fuel companies must be "dismantled", says the former chief of BP, who has given warning of a "shake-out" among green energy companies that are struggling to survive. Globally, about $200bn (£124bn) a year is spent on subsidies to the fossil-fuel energy industry-for example in the form of tax breaks on development, But only about $33bn is spent on subsidies to renewable and nuclear energy, says Lord Browne. – Financial Times

In the past month, the world has witnessed on of the largest financial and economic upheavals in a generation. The fallout may have been most immediately felt on Wall Street, but the effect on energy, and perhaps even the environment, will also be profound. Christophe de Margerie chief executive of Total, the French oil company, who usually argues for governments to get out of the way of those trying to bring enough energy to the market to satisfy demand, this week said recent events meant lawmakers needed to consider extending a helping hand to environmentally friendly energy sources and technologies made uneconomical by falling oil prices – Financial Times

Finland’s Olkiluoto power station was meant to symbolise the resurrection of nuclear power after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and to act as a showcase for Areva of France’s new EPR reactor technology.
The first nuclear power station to be built in western Europe since Chernobyl, Olkiluoto 3 would demonstrate that nuclear enefgy was the obviousl solution to growing concerns about CO2 emissions, high fossil fuel prices and dependence on imported energy sources. – Financial Times

When it comes to the thorny issue of radioactive waste disposal, the nuclear industry has solved most of the scientific problems but still has a long way to go in solving the political problems. Over the years, several suggestions for dealing with the problem of nuclear waste have been made, from dumping it on the ocean floor to shooting it into space. But most experts think the best way of storing waste for the many thousands of years it will take for it to stop being hazardous is to bury it deep underground in sealed repositories. – Financial Times

The five largest, non state-owned energy companies worldwide (ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and Total) are termed supermajors and hold about 3 per cent of global hydrocarbon reserves. They were created from the late 1990’s to hedge against oil price volatility, achieve economies of scale and reinvest cash reserves. While the supermajors got bigger, so did the challenges they face, with implications for their survival – Financial Times

In an industrial park near Israel’s Negev desert, rows and rows of large glass mirrors surround a 60 metre-tall tower, At the top is a boiler, and the water inside is heated to more than 550C. This is a test facility, but in an operational plant the superheated steam would be piped to a standard electricity generating turbine, and the power carried from there to homes and businesses – Financial Times

The greatest solution to climate change can be found not in the atmosphere, but ddep in the earth’s interior, where core temperatures soar to about 5,000oc, nearly as hot as the surface of the sun. If the heat contained in the first 5k, of the earth’s surface could be harnessed it would supply about 500,000 times the current world energy demand, wiping out eh planet’s reliance on climate-warming fossil fuels – Financial Times

Denmark is converting its green expertise into export gold and wants to make next December’s climate conference in Copenhagen a showcase of its success. The government hopes that hosting the follow-up to the Kyoto summit will yield export contracts and attract foreign investment and skilled workers. But it also believes Denmark’s success in promoting green energy technologies provides a model for other countries – Financial Times

Nuclear energy is not something that one would equate with the country with the fifth-largest proven hydrocarbon reserves in the world. But this year the United Arab Emirates signed a series of agreements with France, the US and the UK to start the peaceful development of nuclear power – Financial Times

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.