Britain rings in the New Year with another clean energy milestone.
Britain has reached an extraordinary milestone: the amount of zero carbon power used by homes and businesses has outstripped that generated by fossil fuels for a full twelve months. This means we’re well on the way to helping Britain reach Net Zero by 2050.
Our data shows that a combination of wind farms, solar and nuclear energy, alongside imported electricity via subsea interconnectors, delivered 48.2% of Britain’s electricity needs in 2019 – a figure that will grow as we continue on our path to Net Zero.
This historic milestone comes as we enter the mid-point between 1990 and 2050 – the year in which the UK has committed to achieve at least a 100% reduction in emissions based on 1990 levels.
Our CEO John Pettigrew said: “This truly is a historic moment and opportunity to reflect on how much has been achieved.
“At National Grid, we know we have a critical role in the acceleration towards a cleaner future and are committed to playing our part in delivering a safe and secure energy system that works for all.”
In December, National Grid set out plans to invest almost £10bn in the UK’s gas and electricity networks over the next five years. We’ve earmarked £1bn to enable the transition to Net Zero, which includes investments in new equipment and technology to help the electricity system operator (ESO) operate a Net Zero carbon electricity system by 2025. We’ve allocated £85m to support the decarbonisation of heat within the gas transmission network too.