Renewable energy sources took over fossil fuels for the first time ever in U.K. history, manufacturing forty % of total energy consumed in Britain in the third quarter of 2019—that’s in line with calculations made by temperature change analysts at Carbon Brief.
Of the combined total, wind and nuclear-generated twenty % and nineteen % of renewable energy between July and Sept 2019, whereas biomass and solar made another twelve and 6 % each. In comparison, fossil fuels contributed thirty-nine % to the U.K.’s energy usage within the time-frame.
It’s a piece of very big news said Michael Lazarus, a senior scientist and also the director of the U.S. Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute told Newsweek. “The U.K. is wherever the Industrial Revolution started, and wherever fossil fuels—in the form of coal—first got their foothold in economic development.”
It is a ten-fold increase in the quantity of energy the U.K. generated from renewables simply ten years ago. “Since then, the U.K. has created extremely solid and worthy progress in getting rid of coal,” John Rogers, a senior energy analyst at the Union of concerned Scientists told Newsweek. “And a very necessary piece of the story is that they did it without swinging any further toward natural gas.”
However, Simon Evans, deputy editor and policy editor at Carbon brief say the country continues to be “far off track” to satisfy its target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
How will the U.S. compare?
In April, renewables overtake coal for the first time in the U.S., providing twenty-three % of energy generation in comparison to coal’s twenty percent—but the country still has a good distance to travel.
Government knowledge collected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that fossil fuels created up eighty % of energy consumption, its second-lowest share since 1902.