One thing we all have in common is that we shop. Some of us routinely order groceries online while others try on diamonds at Tiffany’s or test drive sports cars at dealerships. Whether a chore or a splurge, shopping is a fact of life. So, we all have our own personal vantage point from which to view the seismic shifts that are taking place in the retail industry through the digitalisation of shopping and changes in buying behaviour.
More worker deaths are caused by falls from height than any other kind of work-related incident in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Alastair Hogg, sales director at MSA Safety, recaps on what we have learned from the year just gone, and explores what we need to be prepared for in 2019.
Spark Energy. Extra Energy. Gen4U. Future Energy. Usio Energy.Iresa. National Gas & Power. These seven small companies have one thing in common. During 2018, each ceased providing electricity supplies to British customers.
During last year there were no fewer than 73 active electricity suppliers licensed by the regulator Ofgem . In 2017 there were 60. This time seven years ago, there were just 14.
When I first wrote this Diary, Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, and Peter Walker her maverick energy secretary. Way ahead of his time, he was a great champion of renewable electricity.
It was an enthusiasm not shared at the Treasury, then run by arch climate change denier Nigel (now Lord) Lawson. He went out of its way to block any renewables progressing. Even so, Peter Walker would litter his speeches with ecstatic hymns of praise to various embryonic renewable electricity initiatives.
Clearing operations at Germany’s embattled Hambach Forest , to make way for utility RWE’s proposed expansion of a lignite coal mine, were halted by a Munster court. Asked to decide whether the forest is protected by EU environmental rules, the judges said RWE did not provide sufficient evidence why cutting down the old forest is, as claimed, to maintain energy supply security. They ordered that deforestation be stopped.