The UK’s energy supply is heading for its greenest year ever as record-breaking wind power generation helped to cut emissions, data from National Grid shows. The amount of carbon emissions produced for each unit of electricity – the carbon intensity – plunged 60 per cent between 2013 and 2019 as new renewable capacity has come online while coal-fired power stations have been decommissioned. National Grid’s figures indicate the UK is on track for another new low in 2020 after a 15 per cent reduction in carbon intensity compared to last year. In 2013, each kilowatt hour of electricity resulted in 529 grams of CO2 compared to just 181 grams so far this year. The government’s target is to reach 100g per kWh by 2030.
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