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UK carbon emissions from electricity hit record low in lockdown – report

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Electricity demand fell by 13% in second quarter which helped renewables grow to 40% of energy mix

A wind farm off the coast of Lowestoft in Norfolk. The renewable energy data includes electricity generated by wind turbines, solar farms, hydropower projects and burning sustainably sourced wood pellets. Photograph: Tony French/Alamy

Carbon emissions from Britain’s electricity system plunged by more than a third during the coronavirus lockdown after renewable energy played its largest ever role helping to keep the lights on, according to a report.

During the spring bank holiday weekend in May, the energy grid’s carbon intensity reached a record low of 21 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour due to a slump in energy demand triggered by Britain’s lockdown measures and a surge in renewable energy.


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