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In the papers today - Friday 15 February

Companies face having to add billions of pounds to their pensions liabilities under plans to be unveiled by the regulator...

...to force them to use more realistic projections of how long workers will live after they retire – Financial Times

Motorists could face a £10 a day charge for driving into greater London if the Liberal Democrat candidate, Brian Paddick becomes the capital's Mayor – Daily Telegraph

Government agencies and emergency services will attempt to tackle London's worst-case scenario for a natural disaster today. With the aid of computer screens in a command-and-control centre at a secret central London location, dozens of civil servants, policemen and firemen will test contingency plans to respond to flooding across the capital – Financial Times

Network Rail will have to meet individual targets on improving service to each train operator under proposals put forward by the Office of Rail Regulation aimed at increasing the infrastructure owner's accountability – Financial Times

Ambitious plans to erect more than 10,000 wind turbines across Britain and around the coast by 2020 are at risk of being derailed by a critical supply bottleneck. The German engineering giant Siemens, which is one of the leading wind turbine manufacturers, admitted yesterday that it had a four-year backlog of orders for its largest machines - The Independent

One million new homes expected to be built over the next 12 years could be at risk of flooding unless tougher planning restrictions are introduced, the insurance industry warned yesterday. The government has set a target of building three million properties by 2020 but, according to the Association of British Insurers, about a third of these will be erected on flood plains - The Independent

A council is to challenge legislation after spending £60,000 to move four newts a short distance from the path of a construction site – The Times

The Government's much-trumpeted housebuilding targets are under threat after a shock fall in the number of homes built last year. During the final quarter of 2007 construction work started on about 40,735 new homes in England, an 11% decrease from the 45,563 started in the same period in 2006, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government – The Times

The scale of the renewable energy challenge facing Britain was revealed yesterday by figures showing Britain installed about 270 solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on houses in 2007, compared with 130,000 in Germany. Britain is the worst performer behind Malta and Luxembourg in the EU in its use of renewables and produces only 2 % of its energy from them - The Guardian

A carbon price of close to $100 per tonne of CO2 - more than three times higher than it is today - is needed before industry will invest in the thousands of carbon - capture and storage (CCS) schemes needed for reducing gas emissions, Shell warned yesterday. Jeremy Bentham, the vice president of business environment at the company, also called on the EU to quicken the pace of regulatory change and take vital decisions "within five years" that would largely shape the pattern of energy supply and global warming in coming decades - The Guardian

Mini flyovers will be installed over roadworks on the Forth Road Bridge in a bid to traffic chaos, it was revealed yesterday. The 300 ft long temporary ramps will transport vehicles 7ft over workmen on the carriageway below, reducing planned lane closures from two months to two weeks - The Scotsman

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