The UK has halved the carbon intensity of its electricity system over the past decade, decarbonising twice as fast as any other major economy, according to figures contained in a new report from Drax Insights. The switch has been powered principally by the UK’s move away from coal to renewable energy sources such as wind and biomass according to the analysis, which was conducted by academics from Imperial College London. Renewable power generation has grown six-fold in the UK over the past decade, while output from coal power plants fell from 30 per cent to just two per cent of the electricity mix over the timeframe, helping the UK cut the carbon intensity of its power by 58 per cent. The performance represents double the reduction seen in other major economies over the same period, according to the report.
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