Efficient energy cuts UK electricity’s carbon output
(Climate News Network, 24 Mar 2020) The United Kingdom leads the way in cutting carbon output from electricity production, to the surprise of its political leaders.
Carbon output from the power sector has been falling faster in the UK than anywhere else in the world – despite the British government’s belief that electricity consumption would rise.
Part of the explanation is the closing of coal-fired power stations and their replacement by renewable energy technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels.
But the main savings have been in energy efficiency from the wholesale introduction of LED lighting to improved industrial processes.
This remarkable transformation has been repeated across many advanced countries in Europe and beyond. Even with many economies growing, communities have managed to reduce electricity use.