The UK has reached a major milestone in its efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation. According to a report from National Grid ESO, as of 2pm on September 18, the UK reached a new record for low carbon intensity with just 27 grams of CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour (g/kWh).
This new record beats the previous record set on April 10 this year, which was 33 g/kWh. The reduction in carbon intensity is evidence of the country’s commitment to transitioning to cleaner energy sources.
Wind power played a crucial role, providing 48% of the electricity supply that day. This was followed by nuclear energy at 18.9%, solar energy at 4.3% and gas at 14.5%. The total carbon intensity for the entire day was 66 gCO2/kWh, with renewables making up 57% of the energy mix.
This achievement underlines the success of the UK’s efforts to prioritize renewable energy sources and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. The steady growth of wind energy, along with advances in solar energy, has played an important role in reducing CO2 emissions.
By setting new carbon intensity records, the UK continues to move closer to its goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. As more and more renewable energy projects are developed and new technologies are implemented, these records are expected to continue to be surpassed in the future.
With this achievement, the UK is setting a positive example for other countries around the world and underlining the importance of transitioning to a more sustainable energy system. By reducing carbon emissions from electricity generation, the UK is not only mitigating climate change, but also working towards a cleaner and healthier future for its citizens.