Despite 2018 being another record year for renewable generation, official figures on energy consumption across the UK last year suggest that national 2020 renewable energy targets will be missed. The latest set of energy figures released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) showed the UK’s production of electricity in2 018 was up 2.9% on 2017, driven by growth in oil, wind, solar, bioenergy, and waste. Although coal reached a record low and declined 25% while natural gas fell 3.8%, overall fossil fuel production increased. Illustrating the mixed picture, the UK’s overall emissions fell by 9.1 million tonnes, a year-on-year 2.4% decrease, which was the result of more renewable electricity sources. Renewables made up 33% of electricity in 2018, which was up from 29.2% in 2017. Yet fossil fuels still make up 79.4% of the overall energy supply while renewables still only account for 11% of the final consumption. The UK target is for that figure to be 20% by 2020 and although each year sets new records for renewables, the pace of change isn’t fast enough, currently sitting at 12% increase year on year between 2017 and 2018.
Edie 26th July 2019 read more »