Carbon emissions from Great Britain’s power grid have hit their lowest ever levels this past weekend, thanks to a decrease in demand and a big increase in renewable energy output, and as wholesale power prices also dropped into negative territory. According to new statistics published by Drax Electric Insights – which sources data from Elexon, the UK National Grid, and Sheffield Solar – this past Saturday, May 23, resulted in the lowest-carbon day in the history of Great Britain’s electricity grid (as distinct from the United Kingdom, as Northern Ireland’s electricity grid is separate). Average carbon intensity for Saturday fell to an astonishing low of 61 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour (g CO2/kWh) – smashing the previous record low of 76g CO2/kWh which was recorded back on August 17, 2019.
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Climate experts have hailed the decrease in harmful emissions across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic but now an Edinburgh climate expert has predicted that emission levels may never go back to how they were before. In St John’s Road in Edinburgh alone, research shows that NOx levels – a chemical compound most commonly related to vehicle exhaust fumes and power plant emissions – have fallen by 76%, according to the BBC Shared Data Unit. Prof Dave Reay, climate change expert at Edinburgh University, has been looking closely at the findings and has come to an optimistic conclusion. Prof Reay said: “Climate scientists are worried emissions might bounce back up to where they were before or higher if governments invest in getting economies going by directing money to fossil fuel heavy industries or doing it without a regard to climate change. “But across Europe and definitely in Scotland the narrative is very much that all of that new economy investment stimulus packages linked with tackling climate change gives us the opportunity to deal with the short term as well as long term impacts of Covid. “Emissions will bounce back up to a certain extent but they won’t go back to the levels they were before because we’ve worked out better ways of working and travelling.”
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