A shortage of wind led to an increase in emissions from electricity for the first time in almost 10 years, a study has found. A report by the influential International Energy Association (IEA) found that the UK’s electricity generated carbon emissions last year that were more than a fifth higher than in 2020. There was a 17 per cent spike in use of gas because of renewed demand after the peak of the pandemic as well as a lack of wind, leading to emissions of just over 69 million tonnes, up from just under 57 million in 2020, the report said. “This was the first rise since 2012 and follows a decline in emissions of more than 70 per cent since the year 2000,” it added. Despite plans to phase out coal to meet Net Zero targets, in September last year the UK resorted to burning more, switching on extra units to meet demand due to a squeeze on gas and an unusually still summer. The IEA said it expected UK emissions to fall again this year due to rising wind investment and the continued phase-out of coal.
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