Colombia Could Help Europe Ditch Russian Coal

Sanctions against Russia have intensified Europe’s search for alternative energy suppliers. One of them is Colombia whose President Duque seeks to take advantage of the country’s coal reservoirs. This is likely to aggravate already existing socio-environmental conflicts and human rights violations for inhabitants of major mining regions.

European Energy Supply, without Russia?

In response to Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, the European Union (EU) has introduced numerous sanctions. These target Russia’s imminently important energy sector. On April 8th, the EU Member States announced an important ban for Russian coal from August 2022 onwards. Up until then, 70% of European thermal coal imports had come from Russia.

This has sparked a global search for viable alternatives. Increased imports from other major suppliers, including Australia, South Africa and the US, play an important role in this regard. Colombia is another candidate which seems willing and capable of increasing its coal sales to Europe. … Read more

Boris Johnson signals controls on steel imports to stay

The prime minister has signalled controls on steel imports that were due to expire this week could be retained.

When asked whether this could lead to a possible breach of international law, Boris Johnson responded “these are tough choices we have to make”.

It follows a proposed approach set out by the international trade secretary on Thursday.

But the Department for International Trade said a final decision has not yet been made.

Speaking at the G7 summit in Germany, Mr Johnson said keeping the import controls on foreign steel would protect British producers which are already under pressure from rising energy prices.

“We need British steel to be provided with much cheaper energy,” Mr Johnson said.

“But until we can fix that, I think it is reasonable for UK steel to have the same protections that absolutely every other European steel economy does.”

Earlier this month, Mr Johnson linked the … Read more

4 Advantages of Accepting Direct Debit in Your Business

Direct Debit is often avoided by small and medium-sized businesses because they think it’s too expensive and/or difficult to set up. While this may have been true in the past, things have changed.

Nowadays, it’s rather easy to set up a Direct Debit payment solution regardless of your business size or annual income. Plus, the option is safe and comes with lots of benefits for your business and your customers.

So if you’re still on the fence about Direct Debit, here are some of the benefits you’ll notice as soon as you make the switch:

1. You Can Let Customers Split Large Payments Into Installments

Large invoices can put a serious financial strain on your customers’ budgets, which is why some may avoid doing business with you. On the other hand, some customers may wait to gather more money to be able to buy your product/service.

Neither of these situations … Read more

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