Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK fell for the seventh consecutive year, after yet another record year of renewable and green energy use.
According to provisional data published by the UK government, there was a 3.6 per cent fall in greenhouse gas emissions across the country, as more and more homes are being fed renewable and green energy instead of harmful fossil alternatives.
The provisional results revealed more than a third, 36 per cent, of the UK’s total electricity was generated by renewable energy sources such as wind farms, solar panels and biomass-fuelled power plants – a new record for the sector.
Wind power alone managed to generate almost a fifth of the UK’s electricity over the year as a whole, helped by the new Hornsea offshore wind project, Yorkshire – which is the largest offshore wind farm in the world.
The extraordinary figures illustrate the progress the UK has made in embracing alternative, environmentally friendly energy solutions.
With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, and the continued lockdown of the UK, there has been an increase use of electricity with more people staying indoors, but this increase will be offset by the drop in demand for power from factories, offices, shops, restaurants and other public buildings.
The UK government predict the record of renewable and green energy consumption use will continue as the country moves away from relying on harmful fossil fuels, aiming to reach a net zero emissions figure as fast as possible.
For more information on the UK greenhouse gas emissions report visit the UK government online.