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Quiet progress on reducing UK carbon footprint

For those of us with a passing interest in the future of the planet (hopefully everyone) or UK energy policy (unlikely to be everyone), there have been some important milestones achieved in the last month that have received varying degrees of attention. On pollution control the UK has performed abysmally. To be blunt, we’re poisoning ourselves. If this was a football match, we’d be losing 0-5 at home. There’s been a lot of noise in the media about diesel cars and air pollution and with some justification. Government seems to have got the advice to motorists wrong. Badly wrong. In the early noughties rush to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, diesel cars and vans were promoted as environmentally sustainable, without any thought of the side effects of using diesel. The Law of Unintended Consequences seems to stalk government decision making more than most. But in keeping with newspaper tradition of reporting the bad news and ignoring the good, they seem to have over looked the fact that UK electricity is quietly getting cleaner. In a big way. There have been multiple days recently when coal made no contribution at all to our electricity supply. As I write this, I can see that nearly 47% of UK electricity is being generated from zero carbon sources and just under 27% of that is from wind and solar*. That’s a big deal in my book. Gas-fired power stations still comprise the biggest source of supply, but they’re considerably cleaner than coal. So whilst we can’t claim three cheers for UK energy policy, we can at least claim two. Its a shame that more hasn’t been made of this – good news makes people feel better and gives us all a stake in a more environmentally friendly future.

* How do I know this you might ask? Because there’s an app for that and you can find it here. A bit geeky, but fun for anyone with an interest in energy policy. Which is probably no one.


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