New data released this week shows we can make progress in tackling climate change
Last year marked the seventh year in a row that greenhouse gas emissions fell in the UK. We are now down 28% from our emissions levels in 2010 and 3.6% down on emissions from 2018.
And while the country shifts to primarily working from home, the energy we’re personally using is more than offset by the drop in demand from industry and businesses that have temporarily shut their doors. We’re already down 7% on normal energy demand.
‘With record-breaking levels of renewable electricity on the grid we are well-placed to build on these efforts in the months and years ahead, while continuing to support the economy through the coronavirus outbreak.’Kwasi Kwarteng, Energy Minister
The Guardian reports that 36.8% of the UK’s electricity in 2019 came from renewable energy sources – wind, solar and biomass.
One of the renewable energy sources the UK excels at is wind power. In 2019, we generated one-fifth of our energy from wind, helped in part by the largest wind farm in the world – the Hornsea offshore wind project located off the Yorkshire coast.
This is good news and is just the kind of step we need to take to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050.
‘As well as wind, we’ll use innovative new technologies like renewable hydrogen and marine power, and we’ll scale up battery storage.
Low-cost renewables are central to the government’s energy strategy and our sector will grow rapidly in the years ahead, as our domestic supply chain expands and we continue to seize multibillion pound export opportunities around the world.’Melanie One, RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive