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Britain’s reliance on coal for electricity drops to less than 3%

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 5, 2020
The deadline for the phase out of coal from Britain’s energy system is planned to be brought forward a year to 1 October 2024, the Prime Minister has announced in a speech to launch COP26.
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The government will consult on bringing the deadline for ending unabated coal forward from 2025 to 2024, part of its drive to go further and faster on decarbonising the power sector, as it works towards net zero by 2050.

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New statistics released yesterday show the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.1% between 2017 and 2018, thanks in large part to the rapid decline of coal powered electricity generation. Last year more than half of the UK’s electricity came from low-carbon sources.

This means the UK has cut its emissions by 43% since 1990 while growing the economy by more than two thirds the best performance of any G7 nation.

Coal is the most carbon intensive fossil fuel and is responsible for harmful air pollution. Last year Great Britain went 3,700 hours without using coal for power, nearly 5 times more than the whole of 2017. There are currently 4 active coal generators, one of which has announced closure in March 2020.


 

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