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Britain is decarbonising faster than anywhere else in the world

Feb 19, 2020 - 2min read

Independent analysis from the Imperial College London has recently been revealed that Britain’s power sector is achieving its decarbonising goals faster than any other country. In the last ten years, carbon emissions have fallen by two thirds, from 161 million tonnes in 2010 to 54 million metric tonnes in 2019. This news comes not long after it was revealed that renewable energy sources had increased their contribution, providing nearly a quarter of the country’s power demand.

The reason for lower carbon emissions is also related to more efficient power systems. LED lighting is now widely used and domestic manufacturing demands have decreased. Overall demand has fallen by 13%, even as the population grew by 7% and GDP rose by a quarter.

“In the past decade, we’ve seen unprecedented changes in Britain’s power system, which has transformed at a speed never seen before.” Dr Iain Staffell of Imperial College London commented.

“If this pace of change can be maintained, renewables could provide more than half Britain’s electricity by the end of this decade and the power system could be practically carbon-free.” he added.

C02 per capita in Britain has also shown a positive trend - data from Knoema

The future of a zero carbon Britain

As we move into a new decade, discussion on decarbonisation has never been so heated. As we see tangible progression in the energy sector, with the new offshore windfarm Hornsea nearing completion, we can expect a larger contribution from renewable energy over the coming years. It’s also positive to see government proposals to ban the sale of new ICE vehicles by 2035, 5 years ahead of the original plan. With the encouraging adoption of EV cars and more affordable models entering the market, we will see clear decarbonisation of our transport as well as the energy sector.

This achievement is in no small part due to the British public, showing their support for renewable energy by switching with 100% green suppliers like Tonik and installing solar panels and batteries into their homes. With the continued drive in awareness and action, Britain is on the path to achieving it’s zero carbon goals.

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