In a recent achievement, Britain has set a new record for generating energy by sustainable means. Britain created coal-free electricity for 90 hours and 45 minutes from Thursday until Monday afternoon. The country outshone itself, by breaking its previous longest record of 76 hours and 10 minutes, which was set in April 2018. In April, 2017 Britain witnessed its first full day without coal since the 19th century.
In a statement, Duncan Burt, director of operations at National Grid said the new attainment of coal-free period was “a really big deal”. Reports by National Grid announced, the coal-free generation of electricity was produced by combination of wind, gas, nuclear, biomass and hydro generated power. Moreover, the sunny weather led to low energy demand, over the Easter weekend. As a result, UK generated a quarter of its energy from solar and imports from Europe. Last year, the country’s energy mix used 10% less of coal. Records of National Grids suggest the consumption will be less than that again in 2019. Plans are underway to phase out all of Britain’s coal power plants by 2025. This way the country is working out ways to cut greenhouse gases.
However on the downside, coal was largely being replaced by gas, which is also a fossil fuel and one of the valuable renewable sources. Dependency on gas made the country liable to the swerves of the international market. And energy produced by such means was not clean enough to meet UK’s legal targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions. With reference to the 2008 Climate Change Act greenhouse gas emissions should be depleted by 80% compared with 1990 levels by 2050.