Britain is now obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels, according to a report by the National Grid.
Annual power generation data from the last decade shows Britain’s reliance on cleaner energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear and hydro power will overtake fossil fuels such as coal and gas, this year.
“This marks a historic achievement in Britain’s journey towards the UK Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050, demonstrating leadership in addressing a global challenge,” the company said.
Earlier this year, Britain achieved its first coal-free fortnight, generating record levels of solar power for two days, powering more than a quarter of the country’s electricity consumption.
However, this good news is counter-balanced with public anxiety about climate change.
New research commissioned by National Grid[ found that “climate anxiety” is exacerbated by a perceived lack of urgency around addressing the problem and the impact this will have on future generations. 69% of people who are concerned about climate change said it was because they believe it’s not being addressed urgently enough. Unaddressed, 38% of young people said their concerns about climate change would drive them to join a protest, and nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of 18-24 year olds said they are prepared to skip school or work to do this.
National Grid says that in the past decade, coal generation will have plunged from 30% to 3% while wind power has increased from 1% to 19%.
Find out more on National Grid’s website.