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Britain’s power system is decarbonising faster than anywhere in the world, report finds – Carbon emissions from the power sector have fallen by around two thirds over the last ten years, from 161 million tonnes in 2010 to 54 million metric tonnes in 2019.

Britain’s power system is decarbonising faster than anywhere in the world, report finds – Carbon emissions from the power sector have fallen by around two thirds over the last ten years, from 161 million tonnes in 2010 to 54 million metric tonnes in 2019.

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  1. I’m with Bulb energy and they claim to be 100% renewable. It’s also a bonus that they are the cheapest in my area. Wales is great sometimes.

  2. > “Several factors made significant contributions to falling emissions including carbon prices, coal retirements, conversions to biomass and the growth in wind capacity.

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  3. and then out provincial leader in Alberta is trying to sell them.oil.

  4. You can keep an eye on Britain’s energy use and sources here: [https://gridwatch.co.uk/](https://gridwatch.co.uk/)

  5. Tbh this aspect of britain really makes me a proud british.

    Like despite a conservative goverment, stuff is actually being done to combat climate change.

  6. Unfortunately, the UK grids capacity is still utterly knackered because we haven’t managed to replace a lot of the generation provided by the old coal and gas plants that have been decommissioned.

    https://www.nationalgridet.com/get-connected/network-capacity-map

    There is a hell of a lot of red on that map that isn’t going anywhere.

    As shite as it sounds we need to increase investment in nuclear to balance things out as we aren’t able to get everything we need from wind and solar.

  7. [Britain now G7’s biggest net importer of CO2 emissions per capita, says ONS | Fall in UK-produced emissions has been offset by those from increase in imported products](https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/21/britain-is-g7s-biggest-net-importer-of-co2-emissions-per-capita-says-ons)

    >The [Office for National Statistics](https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/nationalaccounts/uksectoraccounts/compendium/economicreview/october2019/thedecouplingofeconomicgrowthfromcarbonemissionsukevidence) said the UK had become the biggest net importer of carbon dioxide emissions per capita in the G7 group of wealthy nations – outstripping the US and Japan – as a result of buying goods manufactured abroad.
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    >The ONS warned that Britain had increased its net imports of CO2 emissions per capita from 1.7 tonnes in 1992 to 5.1 tonnes in 2007, **offsetting domestic progress on shifting the UK economy away from fossil fuels.**

    This is called greenwashing – with a side of blaming the crisis on developing countries

  8. Reports like this give me a shred of hope that we aren’t actually fucked.

  9. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/uk-s-carbon-emissions-falling-faster-than-anywhere-in-the-world/ar-BB1048hw) reduced by 87%. (I’m a bot)
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    > In the electricity sector, a decrease in demand for power proved to be the biggest driver of the decline in emissions, according to the report by academics from Imperial College London for Drax Electric Insights.

    > Riding Sunbeams is a world leading project to connect solar panels directly into electrified rail routes to power the trains.

    > The report found that sustainable biomass generated more power than solar energy and provided a bigger reduction in wholesale power prices.

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  10. This needs more coverage. More exposure, we need the rest of the world to take note and follow suite soon

  11. To all those who want to slag off the article and how bad Britain is by outsourcing so much – it doesn’t say anywhere job done, or Britain is the best, it just says Britain is decarbonising faster than other countries. Lots still to do, but try and celebrate a little bit of good news.

  12. Now if everywhere else did this we would have hope

  13. In other words, there is no reason it can’t be done everywhere.

  14. God why are we the best at everything every time we put our minds to something.

  15. It’s important to note that green energy costs largely depend on geography. Britain has a ton of space that’s great for windfarms, hence their great growth in that area. Other countries with very high green energy % have many places where dams can be built as an example.

    This progress isn’t done because people want to save the planet, but because green energy is cheaper.

    We really need to speed up this progress even if green energy is more expensive and not just get it to save some money. Our planet is becoming less and less habitable for us due to climate change and the cost to deal with the consequences vastly surpasses any costs a faster switch would cost.

  16. It being spelt tonnes means it is metric

  17. Best reduction, but a long way off the countries that have been lower carbon for decades. https://www.electricitymap.org/

  18. cool. seems like Britain is safe….

  19. Does this really matter if China or India is still *increasing* carbon emissions by a larger amount than Britain is *decreasing* carbon emissions?

  20. That’s cool, but only 25% of global CO^2 production comes from electrical generation. The vast majority comes from transportation, especially bulk cargo container vessels.

  21. This is cool, but we are a tiny nation, it only doesn’t seem that way because of history. If some other countries could join in that would be great

  22. Ukraine has their emissions decline by 80% since the mid 90’s…nobody says shit.

  23. But reddit and extinction rebelion keep telling me the Tories are evil and aren’t doing anything about climate change.

  24. You’ re being royally conned with articles like this. Electrical power generation accounts for about less than 10% of an average country’s energy need. To say that renewables account for 46 percent of that is to say that 4.7 percent of total energy energy requirements has been shifted to renewables (from the 2-3% it was not that long ago). Nothing is happening. Annual global carbon emissions continue to increase. With the trillions of dollars over the last decade into renewables we have not managed to reverse growth in emissions. Some people out there want you to think you have done plenty and that you should be elated or proud when we haven’t accomplished anything meaningful yet.

  25. That’s quite the misleading statement, when most of it is due to moving manufacturing to China by 5 fold, and moving coal over to gas (CCGT as it’s marked on the official graphs).

    And they have invested heavily in green and are stull decades away from being neutral, while their neighbors France have been 90% carbon neutral for 50 years due to Nuclear power.

  26. Britain – where the right wing populist nutters at least understand they can’t be despots on a burnt husk

  27. We’re just outsourcing to developing countries right?

  28. Yeah, but wait until the cancer rate skyrockets from the wind mills – Trump supporters

  29. Lmao they also shift a lot of their emissions on developing nation’s given the fact that they produce very little and import a ton. I’m pretty sure I read they have like the highest import CO2 emissions per capita or something

  30. Just like garbage problem, the mass got brainwashed to believe they’ve solved the problem decades ago. Finally they get a painful wake-up slap in the face to find out what they did was just outsourcing the problem to the other side of Earth, and the problem has come back.

  31. Most of the gains were just from a drop in energy demand which is not necessarily expected to last.

    It is not from that amazingly rapid adoption of renewable energy. Probably mostly from LED light bulbs.

    Do people in the UK leave their lights on more than people in other parts of the world?

    I love all the articles s**** on heat pumps but doesn’t mention natural gas heat. I’m not sure I agree with that summary. Yeah power demand will go up, but it’s easier to produce green electricity than green natural gas and they are a cold dominated climate, so heat pumps are the future for Europe and it would be foolish to exclude air conditioning if you’re going to install a heat pump.

    Those things are easily enough offset but just installing more solar and wind capacity and some lithium-ion batteries. I could personally afford to power my entire home with solar panels except I do not have access to that much sunlight but if I was a country or a farmer I would have access to that much sunlight.

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