Friday, 29 December 2017

2017- Britain's greenest ever year

As 2017 comes to an end, there is much to look back on and celebrate - none more so than the news that 2017 was Britain's greenest ever year.

13 new green records were set in 2017 for Britain's power sector, thanks to a move towards renewable energy, rather than coal. Among other achievements 2017 saw record low levels of carbon pollution from electricity, the UK's longest period without coal generation (40 hours 35 minutes) and Britain's greenest ever summer with 52% of electricity generated from low carbon sources from 21st June-22nd September. The government has set a target of phasing out unabated coal by 2025 to cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions, and with such important strides being taken towards making the UK greener than ever, 2018 promises to be even better yet.  There is much still to be done, but I am pleased that this Government is committed to building on the good work already done.