Britain sees ‘greenest ever’ electricity system over Easter

Great Britain has seen the greenest ever electricity system over Easter.

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Great Britain has seen the greenest ever electricity system over Easter.

Easter has revived the surge in renewable resources as per the National Grid Electricity System Operator. It meant low-carbon energy sources made up almost 80% of Britain’s power.

It also announced that no such coal was used in the generation of electricity. Instead, all of it came from gas plants. The event was predicted to cause more pollution because of the celebrations but the pandemic saved the environment. The stricter lockdown did not allow people to celebrate Easter openly and hence the environment was saved. It said wind power made up 39% of the energy mix, with solar at 21% and nuclear accounting for 16%.

By comparison, on Tuesday, 24.8% of Britain’s energy came from fossil fuels, most of which was gas (combined cycle), while 45.2% was renewable energy sources. The usage of fossil fuels is on constant decline because the UK has to meet it is net-zero goal by 2030. The greenest day recorded in the UK’s history was last year’s 24th May because of the pandemic. When Britain went into lockdown, electricity demand plummeted and the National Grid responded by taking power plants off the network and the four remaining coal-fired plants were among the first to be shut down.

The new record could be Easter day. However, the greenery needs continuous struggle to maintain the level. The UK government must stop producing electricity from non-renewable resources to save the planet. 

Last year, the Christmas event caused pollution but comparatively less than that of the previous years. The CoP happening this year will focus more on the actions to reach carbon net-zero. It may impose more responsibility on developed countries to reduce carbon emissions by 2030.