On the 18th of December, 2020 the wintry weather set a record in Britain as more than 40% of that day’s electricity was generated on wind farms. Less than one-fifth of the day’s electricity came from coal plants and gas.
For the first time in the UK - and possibly the world - air pollution has been recognized as a cause of a person's death. London court has found that air pollution "made a material contribution" to the death of a nine-year-old.
U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson has affirmed government plans to ensure that the entire country is powered by offshore wind energy by 2030. The U.K. government will be required to generate at least 40GW of energy.
For the first time in over a hundred years, Britain has gone for a record two months without using coal energy. This new milestone is due in part to the coronavirus pandemic and investment in renewable energy.
A pilot project at Keele University is pumping out a mix of 80 percent natural gas and 20 percent hydrogen made by electrolysis in a shipping container sized unit.
The UK’s move towards renewable energy generation has helped drive a faster rate of decarbonisation over the last decade than anywhere else in the world.
Beech Street, much of which runs under the Barbican Estate, will now be restricted to zero emission vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians by Spring 2020. The experiment will run for 18 months, during which time the impact on air quality and traffic will be monitored.
2019 was the cleanest year on record for Britain as, for the first time, the amount of zero carbon power surpassed fossil fuel generation for a full twelve months.
Renewables produced 29.5 TeraWatt-hours in July, August, and September, while fossil fuels only produced 29.1 TW-hr and that less than 1% of the UK's electricity came from coal during the quarter.
In the first half of 2019, Scottish wind generated enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes, almost double the number of homes there.
Hornsea One officially commenced operations this month. The project is the first in the world with a capacity of over 1GW, double the size of the current world’s largest.
The UK Government has announced plans to end fossil fuel heating systems in new houses from 2025.