UK Achieves First Coal-Free Week Since Industrial Revolution

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However, Slye said he believed the country’s entire electricity system could be run without carbon by that time, though it would require work. "Zero-carbon operation of the electricity system by 2025 means a fundamental change to how our system was designed to operate — integrating newer technologies right across the system — from large-scale offshore wind to domestic-scale solar panels to increased demand-side participation, using new smart digital systems to manage and control the system in real time," he said. In 2018, the UK got a record 27.5 percent of its electricity from renewable energy . Low-carbon energy, which includes nuclear, accounted for 49.6 percent of the country’s supply the same year, also a new high. Natural gas accounted for 43.9 percent of electricity and coal only six percent, a new low. Greenpeace UK chief scientist Dr. Doug Parr said that the country now needed to move beyond eliminating coal to ban diesel and gas vehicles, improve building efficiency, reduce meat consumption and plant millions of trees to fight climate change. "Just a few years ago we were told Britain couldn’t possibly keep the lights on without burning coal," he said, according to ITV News. "Now coal is quickly […]

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