Friday 31 May 2019 3:32 pm

Britain breaks energy record by going coal-free for two weeks

Today marks a fortnight since the UK energy industry used coal for power generation.

Read more: Britain just went 10 days without burning coal for electricity

It's now the longest the country has given up on coal-generated energy since the Industrial Revolution.


With the introduction of the Climate Change Act in 2008, Britain had set a series of environmentally friendly and legally binding targets to follow.

Data from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shows UK managed to reduce about 40 per cent of its carbon emissions between 1990 and 2017, while also growing the economy by two-thirds.

Read more: Britain's coal-fired power stations to close by 2025

The UK recently announced its first ‘net-zero carbon’ mission, with the aim to drastically reduce the impact that industrial cluster has on the environment by 2040.

If the policy is adhered to, 70% of electricity could come from low-carbon sources by 2030, with the aim to use offshore wind to generate at least one-third of the country’s energy by that time.

“We’re consigning coal to the history books and powering past yesterday’s fuel as we reap the rewards of investing in our thriving renewables sector,” said Chris Skidmore, Energy and Clean Growth minister.

“The UK has the largest offshore wind capacity on the planet, can generate more than a quarter of our electricity needs from the sun and last year more than half of our electricity came from low carbon sources.


“Through our modern Industrial Strategy we’ll continue to seize the opportunities of moving to a greener, cleaner energy system as we aim to become the first major economy to legislate for a net zero emissions economy and bid to host pivotal climate talks in 2020.”

Read more: UK emissions fall for the sixth year running

This year Britain has gone a total of 1,500 hours without burning coal for energy generation.

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