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The UK could "run out" of electric cars next year as motor manufacturers prioritise the sale of vehicles in mainland Europe, according to research.

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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has knocked back Heathrow Airport Ltds (HAL) plea for an additional 1.7bn to cover the impact of Covid-19.

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  • Stop CO2 emissions bouncing back after Covid plunge, says IEAGovernments are not doing enough to prevent rapid rebound, says agency's report, The coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause a record 7% decline in global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2020, but governments are not doing enough to prevent a rapid rebound, according to an influential report.Carbon dioxide emissions from energy use are expected to fall to 33.4 gigatonnes in 2020, the lowest level since 2011 and the biggest year on year fall since 1900 when records began, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its annual world energy outlook.

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  • OBE for Rail Alliance founder Colin Flack The former soldier who took over a disused military depot and converted it into a major railway test centre has been included in the Queens Birthday Honours for services to the Rail Supply Industry.
  • Monday essay: Paying the bills The latest operator to be threatened by the coronavirus pandemic may be Eurostar. Sim Harris wonders how far our government would help.

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  • Electric Cars Booming In Europe, But UK Growth Threatened Without New RegulationsElectric cars will treble their market share in the European market, including the UK, this year as a result of EU car CO2 targets, new analysis shows. Despite the pandemic, EV sales have surged since 1 January, just as the emissions standards kicked in, and will reach 10% this year and 15% in 2021. But Transport & Environment (T&E), which analysed sales in the first half of 2020, said the UK supply of electric cars is likely to dry up next year in the absence of British regulations equivalent to those in Europe.

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