UK greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.6 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year, largely driven by the switch away from coal and gas power towards renewable energy sources, provisional government statistics published today show. It marks an overall 43 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases since 1990 even as the UK’s economy has continued to grow, demonstrating a clear and ongoing decoupling of emissions from national GDP. Although provisional, the official figures also appear to confirm recent analysis by Carbon Brief which showed UK carbon dioxide emissions are now as low as they were in 1890, the year in which the Forth Bridge opened in Scotland and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray was published.
Business Green 29th March 2018 read more »
Windfarms and solar panels produced more electricity than the UK’s eight nuclear power stations for the first time at the end of last year, official figures show. Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions also continued to fall, dropping 3% in 2017, as coal use fell and the use of renewables climbed. Energy experienced the biggest drop in emissions of any UK sector, of 8%, while pollution from transport and businesses stayed flat. Energy industry chiefs said the figures showed that the government should rethink its ban on onshore wind subsidies, a move that ministers have hinted could happen soon. Wind and solar generated 18.33 terawatt hours (TWh), with nuclear on 16.69TWh, the figures published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show. But renewables still have a long way to go to catch up with gas, the UK’s top source of electricity at 36.12TWh, which saw its share of generation fall slightly. Greenpeace said the figures showed the government should capitalise on its lead in renewables and “stop wasting time and money propping up nuclear power”.
Guardian 29th March 2018 read more »
Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK fell 3 per cent last year from the previous year, due to increased use of renewable power sources and lower energy consumption. The new figures indicate that the UK has outperformed its target for emissions reduction during the “second carbon budget”, which is part of the country’s plan to cut emissions 80 per cent by 2050. The preliminary data released Thursday by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show that the rise of renewables, and reduced use of coal and gas, were key reasons for the emissions drop.
FT 29th March 2018 read more »
Green Britain: Wind turbines now create one-sixth of UK electricity. GREEN energy companies set a new record last year by producing 29.4 per cent of the UK’s electricity, according to a leading trade association. The figure represents the annual electricity demand of 25.3 million homes, said RenewableUK.
Express 30th March 2018 read more »
Renewable electricity generation in Scotland in 2017 increased by 26 per cent on the previous 12 months, new figures have revealed. It marked a record year for renewable electricity generation and means Scotland now has more than 10GW of installed renewable capacity. The figures show in 2017 the equivalent of 68.1 per cent of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources, up 14.1 percentage points from 54 per cent in 2016. This is 45 percentage points more than the equivalent figure for the rest of the UK. Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “These figures show that Scotland’s renewable energy sector is stronger than ever and has a strong pipeline of further projects still to be constructed.
Scotsman 29th March 2018 read more »