UK Achieves First Coal-Free Week Since Industrial Revolution

All coal generators were offline from 1:24 p.m. May 1 through 1:24 p.m. May 8, The Guardian reported . The record follows closely on a five-day coal-free stretch over the Easter weekend, The Independent noted. “As more and more renewables come on to our energy system, coal-free runs like this are going to be a regular occurrence,” National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) director Fintan Slye said, according to ITV News . The UK government has promised to phase out coal entirely by 2025. “Going a week without coal for the first time since the Industrial Revolution is a huge leap forward in our world-leading efforts to reduce emissions, but we’re not stopping there,” Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said, as ITV News reported. “To combat climate change growth, we’re phasing out coal entirely by 2025 and building a cleaner, greener energy system.” The UK has broken its record and gone a whole week without using coal for power – over 1,000 total hours so far this year! We’re phasing out coal entirely by 2025 and on a path to become the first major economy to legislate for #netzero emissions. #cleangrowth #climatechange — Dept for BEIS (@beisgovuk) […]

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