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Energy stocks galvanised by an Opec agreement on a modest increase in oil production helped drive a bounce in European shares. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Better-than-expected euro zone economic data and energy stocks galvanised by an Opec agreement on a modest increase in oil production helped drive a b(...)

Plastic bike and car road surfaces  are being developed by Dutch engineers KWS. Photograph: KWS

The world’s first recycled plastic bicycle paths – regarded as a key stage in the development of revolutionary new plastic roads – are to be tested in(...)

 Equities in Europe have been buoyed  up by a crude oil price of $80

European markets dipped on Friday, but still managed to post their eighth straight week of growth. DUBLIN Paddy Power Betfair continued its strong (...)

PM Group chief executive David Murphy: the group has acquired the UK specialist engineering firm Projen for an undisclosed sum

PM Group, a construction, engineering and project management services company with its headquarters in Dublin, has acquired the UK specialist engineer(...)

Bioplastics currently make up about 1 per cent of the plastics market. Photograph: iStock

Companies that make packaging from plants instead of fossil fuels are starting to challenge the oil industry’s ambition to increase the supply of raw (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a loading ceremony of the ‘Christophe de Margerie’, an ice-class tanker, at the Yamal LNG plant in the Arctic port of Sabetta.

Vladimir Putin visited Arctic Siberia on Friday to celebrate the launch of a $27 billion (€23 billion) liquefied natural gas (LNG) development that wi(...)

Shell has been in Africa’s biggest oil producer the longest. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Royal Dutch Shell should face investigations in three countries for alleged complicity in Nigerian government abuses, including murder and rape, more (...)

Activists hold a sit-in at  COP23 in Bonn. Photograph: Epa/Philipp Guelland

Stronger Chinese economic growth and greater use of coal will push global greenhouse gas emissions to a record high in 2017, according to a report iss(...)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Stocks climbed after new figures showed the US economy had grown 3 per cent in the third quarter. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Robust corporate earnings reports helped a broad advance in world equity markets on Friday. Despite political turmoil in Spain, European shares rose m(...)

 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian elite students in Tehran, Iran, today. Photograph: Iran supreme leader website/EPA

Iran’s supreme leader has described Donald Trump as “mentally retarded” as he urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal, following the US (...)

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