The UK just went for a week without coal power

For the first time since 1882, Britain has managed to go a full week without using any coal to generate electricity.

This is a momentous occasion for the country as it continues to move away from polluting fossil fuels.

The last coal generator came off the system on 1 May 2019 and, while the plants will remain working as a backup during times of high power demand, it’s a significant step in moving away from the power source altogether.

According to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), reductions in the UK’s coal use has enabled the country to half the emissions caused by electricity generation.

The UK is now “on a path to become the first major economy to legislate for net-zero emissions,” said Greg Clark, the business secretary, while the director of National Grid ESO, Fintan Slye, added that Britain’s electricity could be run with zero carbon as soon as 2025.

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