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The Government was poised to overturn targets for reducing UK carbon dioxide emissions as NCE went to press. It has been urging MPs to vote against a clause in the Utilities Bill that would force generators to produce 10% of electricity from renewable sources by the end of the decade.

Contractor Carillion is to sell environmental consulting and testing house Stanger to environmental consulting and instrumentation group Casella. A Carillion spokesman expected negotiations to be finalised by the end of the month. The sell-off is part of an ongoing divestment programme, ushered in last year.

The UK's 250 annual hard shoulder deaths could be reduced by measures such as better motorway lighting, rumble strips and upgraded and maintained marker posts and emergency phone boxes, says a report from the Hard Shoulder and Roadside Safety Group. Safe Use of Roadside Verges in Vehicular Emergencies is produced by the ICE, the AA and RAC, the Health & Safety Executive and the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Consultant High Point Rendel has announced a 27% rise in interim pre- tax profit to £1.16M for the six months to end of January. Turnover was up 3.5% to £12.8M.

Construction and property group Henry Boot showed a 19% increase in turnover to £204.8M last year with pre-tax profit up 6% to £11.2M for the 12 months to end 1999.

The HSE has written to Railtrack seeking assurances it will improve all signals passed at danger more than once after the network manager won an appeal on Monday against an improvement notice served on those signals. Railtrack argued that HSE issued the notice in haste following the Ladbroke Grove train crash.

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