It’s been a rough year for the United Kingdom. But amidst Brexit backlash, terrorist attacks, and the deaths of Sirs John Hurt and Roger Moore, there was one shining beacon of hope: the environment.
As reported by BBC, the UK achieved its “greenest year for electricity ever.”
Growing interest in renewable energy sources helped Britain break 13 clean energy records in 2017.
In April, the country had its first 24-hour period free from coal power since the Industrial Revolution (which ended around 1840). The streak continued when, two months later, wind, nuclear, and solar power generated more UK power than gas and coal combined.
Thanks to ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 50 percent since 2012, the UK now provides the fourth cleanest power system in Europe, and the seventh worldwide.
“The shift to clean energy is not only beneficial for the environment, it presents a multi-billion pound investment opportunity,” Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), said in a statement.
Increased coal use, according to scientists, contributes significantly to rising levels of harmful CO2 emissions—a leading cause of global warming. The UK and Canada last month launched a global alliance aimed at phasing out traditional coal power by 2030.
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