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Guidance: Consultative Committee on Construction Industry Statistics (CCCIS)

Published 30 November 2011
Last updated 13 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. We have added the minutes for the June 2019 meeting.
  2. We have added the minutes for May 2018 and January 2019
  3. Minutes for 22 June 2016 CCCIS meeting added.
  4. Added minutes of CCCIS meeting 30 November 2016.
  5. Added minutes for 17 May 2016.
  6. Minutes of CCCIS meeting for 9 November 2015 added
  7. CCCIS minutes for 18 June added.
  8. Minutes of CCCIS meeting 25 November 2014 added
  9. Updated version of mintues for 25 June 2014 added
  10. Added Minutes of CCCIS meeting 28 November 2013
  11. Added minutes for Minutes of CCCIS meeting 25 June 2014
  12. Minutes from 26 April 2013 added.
  13. First published.

News story: Santa’s top safety tips

Woman choosing Christmas toys

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Netmums, and the Child Accident Prevention Trust - and Santa – are helping the Office for Product Safety and Standards warn against second rate toys.

No one wants to take a risk with toy safety, so always bear in mind 12 tips when buying for children.

  1. Look for the CE symbol: This means the manufacturer has assessed the toy for safety. Find the symbol on the label or box.

  2. Check it’s for kids: Festive novelties can look like toys. Keep them away from kids.

  3. Reputation matters: Check the suppliers who have a good reputation for safe and reliable toys. They’ll have good safety standards and refund policies.

  4. Button battery safety: Christmas toys may have button batteries - which can prove lethal if ingested. Check they are screwed in safely before giving to a child.

  5. Check age restrictions: Toys must be clearly marked with age restrictions, which assess risks such as choking hazards. Always follow the age recommendations.

  6. Consider special needs: Remember that children with special needs might be more vulnerable, and make sure to shop accordingly.

  7. Choking hazards: Avoid toys with small parts or loose fabric – they can be a choking hazard.

  8. Loose parts: Loose ribbons on toys and costumes can be dangerous. Think before you buy.

  9. Inspect toy boxes: Wear and tear can make a toy unsafe. Check your children’s toys and get them repaired if necessary.

  10. Supervise when you need to: Some toys need an adult on hand during playtime. Read all the instructions so you can keep things under control.

  11. Tidy up: Boxes, plastic bags and wire can be a hazard. Clear away all packaging once everything’s unwrapped.

  12. Celebrate a safe Christmas: Completing these checks can save you a lot of stress later. Remember to get batteries (and dispose of these safely too)!

Help spread the word by downloading the materials from our consumer campaigns page

You can follow our campaign on Twitter @OfficeforSandS - use #santasafety to retweet.

Published 13 December 2019

2019 UK General Election Result Statement

Alistair Phillips-Davies, SSE Chief Executive, said: “The one unifying message throughout the UK General Election campaign was the need for bolder action to tackle climate change. SSE will work with the new Government to invest billions in the low carbon infrastructure needed to meet its net zero ambitions for the benefit of customers, shareholders and wider society.
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Completion of the triannual review of Belgian nuclear provisions by the CNP

Provisions to increase by €2.1 billion, primarily driven by lower interest rate environment.
Electrabel’s commitment to fund the full amount of nuclear waste provisions by 2025.

Synatom, of Electrabeland ENGIE, received on Thursday, December 12 the decision of the Commission for Nuclear Provisions (CNP) reassessing the required provisions for dismantling of Belgian nuclear power plants and nuclear waste management.

As a reminder, the April 11, 2003 Belgian law mandates Synatom to manage nuclear provisions that are required to cover:

  • the final shutdown and dismantling of nuclear power plants;
  • the management of nuclear waste until transferred to the Belgian National Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Material (ONDRAF).

In accordance with Belgian law, nuclear provisions are re-evaluated every three years. The CNP submitted its findings on December 12, 2019 on the detailed assessment prepared by Synatom which takes into account:

  • the update of macroeconomic assumptions (inflation and discount rates) and expenses, (some of which will occur in more than 70 years);
  • the impact of the new baseline scenario for the long-term management of Category B and C nuclear waste (medium and high activity) in Belgium as agreed by ONDRAF in June 20181 ;
  • the scenario developed for the final shutdown and dismantling of nuclear power plants and for the management of nuclear waste on the basis of industrial experience and learnings, including in the ongoing dismantling in Germany.

As of December 31, 2018, the nuclear provisions in the ENGIE Group’s consolidated financial statements amounted to €11.5 billion2 (including €5.3 billion relating to the dismantling of facilities and €6.2 billion relating to the management of nuclear waste).

The CNP’s decision includes a reduction in discount rates reflecting the current environment of low interest rates and takes into account different expenditure horizons between dismantling and nuclear waste management expenditures. Thus, after having been set on December 31, 2018 at 3.50%, the rates are henceforth reduced to 2.50% for dismantling, for which expenditure starts as early as next year, and to 3.25% for nuclear waste management, for which expenditure will take place over the coming decades. These rates include an unchanged inflation rate of 2.0%.

Furthermore, Electrabel, going beyond its legal obligations, is making a commitment to finance via Synatom the full amount of nuclear waste provisions i.e. €6 billion3. This funding will be spread over a period ending 2025. Indeed, discussions among the parties of a broader set of provision arrangements could lead to this decision. Funds will be invested in financial assets that will guarantee their availability and adequacy.

In total, the findings of the CPN and the obligations related to nuclear waste disposal will lead to a revaluation of nuclear provisions, as presented in the consolidated accounts of the Engie Group, of €2.1 billion4. To this amount of provisions will be added the recurring annual amount of €0.4 billion corresponding to the discounting effect of the pre-existing provisions.

The level of provisions and funding arrangements reduce uncertainty for all parties, and provide a clear path to full funding of nuclear waste provision. For information, the CNP’s next reassessment will take place in late 2022.

As a reminder, ENGIE, through its affiliate Electrabel (present for more than 100 years in Belgium), owns and operates seven pressurized water nuclear reactors spread over two production sites, Doel and Tihange for a total capacity of 5.9 GW5 and whose residual life now extends to between 2022 and 2025. Electrabel’s local electricity generation fleet is one of the least CO2-emitting in Europe.

 

1 This new reference scenario includes notably a maximum estimate for the geological disposal center, the upward revision of a set of costs reassessed by ONDRAF and the consideration of accompanying measures.
2 Including the share relating to the provisions of nuclear units over which the Group has drawing rights.
3 Amount corresponding to the provisions as of the end of 2019, including the increase resulting from the triennial revision and the unwinding discount impact of the period.
4 €0.9 billion relating to dismantling of facilities, €1.1 billion relating to the management of the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle and €0.1 billion relating to other marginal effects.
5 Doel1 and Doel2 are owned at 100% ; Doel3, Doel4, Tihange2 and Tihange3 at 90% and Tihange1 at 50%.

 

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Rehabilitative and remedial treatment technology wins top Science and Technology Prize

  • Gazprom is creating cutting-edge hi-tech solutions.
  • Economic benefit of implemented solutions exceeds RUB 60 billion.

The award ceremony for the 2019 edition of the corporate Science and Technology Prize took place at the meeting of the Gazprom Management Committee. It was noted at the event that the total economic benefit of the award-winning solutions and technologies exceeds RUB 60 billion.

The top prize went to the paper by Gazprom Transgaz Moscow entitled “Rehabilitative and remedial treatment technology for employees of Gazprom.” The work was developed in close cooperation with the Industry Clinic and Diagnostic Center and the relevant subdivisions of Gazprom.

The authors of the paper accomplished the task of raising worker productivity. The technology combines early disease detection with rehabilitative and remedial treatment based on a new research and methodological framework involving a purpose-built hardware and software package.

Second place went to Gazprom Transgaz Krasnodar for the project entitled “Domestic adsorption (silica gel) system: Unique gas treatment solution for gas trunklines.”

The authors of the following projects were also awarded:

– “Developing and integrating management information systems to improve technogenic and geo-ecological safety at gas production facilities of Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg” by Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg;

– “Working out a production method and formulation for hydrocarbon base oil in Gazpromneft Drilline drilling fluids” by Gazprom Neft;

– “Developing and implementing a set of sci-tech solutions to support gas production in brownfields” by Gazprom Dobycha Nadym;

– “Developing and implementing a set of sci-tech solutions to optimize geological exploration” by Gazprom Geologorazvedka;

– “Sci-tech complex for fine-tuning of development technologies in vertical, horizontal and directional gas wells” by Gazprom VNIIGAZ;

– “Information analysis system for identifying potentially hazardous sections in gas trunklines due to stress corrosion cracking and for planning major repairs: A case study of Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk” by Gazprom Gaznadzor;

– “Creating a technological complex to produce hydrocarbons from the Achimov deposits of the Urengoyskoye oil, gas and condensate field” by Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy;

– “Efficient technological innovations for increasing productivity and operational safety in underground storage wells of Gazprom” by SevKavNIPIgaz.

Background

Gazprom’s Science and Technology Prize was established in 1998. The Prize is an important component of the corporate scientific and technological policy aimed at promoting innovations in the Company’s businesses and maintaining its technological leadership within the global energy industry.

In 2019, as many as 17 projects were submitted for the Prize, with 148 authors from 26 subsidiaries of Gazprom and 6 third-party entities.

The papers were assessed by a group of experts from Gazprom and its subsidiaries. The assessment criteria included urgency, novelty, scientific and technological level (research intensity), area of application, scope and economic impact with regard to Gazprom, commercial potential and protectability, and use of domestic products, technologies and equipment.

 



Gazprom’s positions to remain stable in long run

The Gazprom Management Committee took note of the information about the impacts of the events of 2019 on the long-term outlook for the global energy market.

It was highlighted that the ongoing growth in natural gas consumption around the world is one of the chief trends of 2019.

China continues to demonstrate significant growth. In 2018, the country's gas consumption went up by 18 per cent. By the end of 2019, gas consumption in China may rise by 10 per cent, considerably exceeding 300 billion cubic meters. It was noted at the meeting that the launch of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline, which took place on December 2, will allow the Company to provide reliable gas supplies from Russia to China and to strengthen Gazprom's positions in this promising gas market.

In Europe, indigenous gas production decreased at an accelerated pace throughout 2019, with the largest reductions observed in the Netherlands and Norway. It was noted that Gazprom is a leading supplier of gas to Europe, covering over a third of the region's demand and capable of taking further steps to enhance energy security in European countries.

The meeting participants pointed out that the events of 2019 had no tangible impact on the long-term outlook for the global energy market. Gazprom's positions will remain stable in the long run thanks to, inter alia, enormous gas reserves, well-developed production and transmission infrastructure, and the ongoing effort to diversify export areas and routes.

The information regarding the impacts of the events of 2019 on the long-term outlook for the global energy market will be submitted for consideration by the Gazprom Board of Directors.