23 September, 2021
Energy firms collapse
Gas suppliers fail
Nearly 1.5 million customers face being switched to a new energy company after their suppliers’ collapse. Avro Energy and Green went bust on Wednesday, becoming the latest casualties of soaring gas prices. So far, the big energy companies are staying afloat - but Green boss predicted that they’d soon face problems too.
Lorry driver shortage
Tesco has warned that empty shelves will get “ten times worse” by Christmas if the lorry driver crisis goes unaddressed. There’s a shortage of around 100,000 drivers across the industry, thanks to a triple whammy of Brexit, the pandemic and changes to tax rules. The supermarket wants the government to make it easier to recruit drivers from abroad.
Easy to be green
In a speech to the United Nations, Boris Johnson has told the world to “grow up” and tackle the climate crisis. He was speaking to world leaders ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next month. Carbon emissions will be 16% higher in 2030 than they were in 2010, according to UN analysis of countries’ pledges - far off the 45% cut needed to avoid disastrous climate change.