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Friday newspaper round-up: UK chemical plants, home workers, BAE Systems

By Michele Maatouk

Date: Monday 04 Jul 2022

(Sharecast News) - A Cheshire chemicals factory is to start capturing carbon dioxide on an industrial scale from energy generation in what is described as the UK's first major use of the emissions-reduction technology. Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) hopes to capture 40,000 tonnes of the greenhouse gas per year, reducing its annual emissions by 10% and providing it with a supply of high-purity carbon dioxide that could be used in products ranging from glass and washing detergents to pharmaceuticals and food. - Guardian
An Italian company's hacking tools were used to spy on Apple and Android smartphones in Italy and Kazakhstan, Alphabet Inc's Google said in a new report. Milan-based RCS Lab, whose website claims European law enforcement agencies as clients, developed tools to spy on private messages and contacts of the targeted devices, the report said. - Guardian

Employers across the country are preparing to slash pay for home workers as part of radical plans that could ignite a widespread backlash among staff. One in ten companies plan on reducing pay or benefits for home workers after failing to encourage people back to their desks by using a host of incentives, according to a survey of over 1,000 employers by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). - Telegraph

Oil and gas bosses rounded on Rishi Sunak over his new windfall tax at a private 40-minute meeting in Aberdeen as they step up efforts to shape the policy before legislation is passed. Executives warned that the higher tax on profits will make the UK a less attractive prospect and was forcing them to rethink investment plans just as the Government tries to boost domestic energy supplies, sources said. - Telegraph

Spain is ordering 20 Eurofighter Typhoon jets, with the UK's biggest defence contractor taking a £500 million slice of the £1.5 billion-plus contract. About 5,000 BAE Systems employees work directly on the Typhoon programme, with thousands more in the UK supply chain. - The Times

One of the government's top climate advisers has raised doubts over EDF's competence to build nuclear plants and called the decision to locate a proposed plant at Sizewell C in Suffolk ridiculous. Lord Deben, who chairs the climate change committee and lives in Suffolk, was accused by EDF of being a nimby after making the comments at a nuclear conference yesterday. - The Times


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