For the first time half of the UK’s electricity produced during July and September came from low carbon sources, including wind turbines, solar panels, wood burning and nuclear.
The government supports low carbon power in order to meet climate change targets and official figures on 22nd December show the UK reached a record high of 50% electricity generated by low carbon power sources in Quarter 3 2016. In 2015 the figure for the same period was 45.3%.
In Scotland the figure is even higher, with 77% of electricity generated using low carbon power.
A spokesman for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “We have made a firm commitment to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions, and these statistics show that we are doing exactly that.”
Additional main points for July – September 2016 include (all compared to the same period in 2015):
- UK energy production rose by 8%
- Primary energy consumption for energy uses fell by 4.6%
- Final energy consumption fell by 2.9%
- Of electricity generated, gas accounted for 43.6%
- Provisional data for 2016 suggests that domestic energy bills decreased by 4.6%
In 2015 Churchill was awarded the I SO 50001 Energy Management System accreditation – the world’s leading international standard outlining best practice energy management. We can confidently demonstrate our ‘Forward Thinking™’ approach to implementing and maintaining a continuous standard of energy reduction throughout our entire operational model and are proudly doing our bit to positively act against climate change.