Quarter of UK’s Energy from Renewables
Good Energy has just reported that renewables (sun, wind and rain-powered) now account for 25% of the UK’s electricity, just 5% behind gas and ahead of both coal and nuclear which account for 23% and 21%.
Renewables were at 4% just 10 years ago, so they’ve grown by more than 20% in those 10 years.
The biggest strides have been made in Scotland which last year sourced 57.7% of its electricity from renewable sources, meeting its 50% target by some margin. This comes soon after the closure of the last coal plant in Scotland, marking a significant step in the move away from fossil fuels.
Good Energy believes the tide has now turned, with UK carbon dioxide emissions dropping below 500 million tonnes for the first time since Queen Victoria was on the throne. They argue that with evidence showing that economic growth and emissions have been truly decoupled, it’s time to pick up the pace.