In 2018, low-carbon energy sources accounted for 53 per cent of the country’s total electricity supply, according to the government’s annual review of energy statistics.
This marks the first time that low-carbon energy generated over half of the UK’s supply. The reason for the increase in low-carbon electricity was put down to rising capacity for renewables, along with low-carbon electricity produced by nuclear generators, the Guardian reported.
On their own, renewable energy sources set a new record in 2018 by providing one-third of the UK’s electricity supply.
Despite this being promising news for the UK, the country is still falling behind Germany. The Independent noted that 47.3 per cent of Germany’s power generation came from renewable sources, chiefly solar, wind, hydroelectric and biomass, in the first six months of this year.
In total, the nation generated 15 per cent less carbon dioxide between January and June this year than in 2018.
However, nuclear and coal-fired plants still made up the bulk of Germany’s remaining energy output.
When it comes to the use of coal, the UK is doing better than its European counterpart, with coal generation in the UK standing at just 5.1 per cent last year, the Guardian noted. Deputy chief executive at RenewableUK Emma Pinchbeck told the newspaper that this just goes to show that we can make rapid changes to our energy systems.
There are many other benefits too. Ms Pinchbeck stated: “As well as helping keep prices down for consumers and boosting the competitiveness of our businesses, renewables are a huge economic opportunity, bringing employment and investment to all parts of the UK.”
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