Britain just went through its first day without using coal produced power since industrial revolution. The latest achievement has been described by energy campaigners as a watershed moments.
The confirmation came earlier on 21st of April via Twitter. Talking about the latest achievement, a spokesperson said on Twitter, “National Grid can confirm that for the past 24 hours, it has supplied GB’s electricity demand without the need for coal generation.”
“The average generation mix so far has been gas 50.3%, nuclear 21.2%, wind 12.2%, imports 8.3%, biomass 6.7%, solar 3.6%.”
“Of the 8.3% imports: 59.7% were from France, 36.8% were from the Netherlands, and 3.5% were from the Republic of Ireland.”
Britain’s dependency on coal has seen decrease in recent years and Hannah Martin, head of energy at Greenpeace UK released a statement praising the latest news.
She said, “The first working day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition.”
“A decade ago, a day without coal would have been unimaginable, and in ten years’ time our energy system will have radically transformed again.”
In addition to her, Gareth Redmond-King, head of climate and energy at WWF said, “Getting rid of coal from our energy mix is exciting and hugely important,” he said. “But it’s not enough to achieve our international commitments to tackle climate change – we haven’t made anything like the same progress on decarbonizing buildings and transport.
“Whoever forms the next government after the general election, they must prioritize a plan for reducing emissions from all sectors, which shows how the UK will continue to develop these changes and guarantee an environmentally clean and economically successful future for the UK.”
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