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UK set to miss renewable energy target despite breaking records

Posted on August 6, 2019 at 10:00 am

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The latest set of figures released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) showed the UK’s production of electricity in 2018 was up 2.9% compared to figures in 2017.

Although coal reached a record low and declined by 25%, fossil fuel production increased.

The UK’s overall emissions fell by 9.1 million tonnes, which is a year-on-year decrease of 2.4%. Renewables made up 33% of electricity in 2018, this is an increase from 29.2% in 2017.

Despite the increase of renewable energy, fossil fuels still make up 79.4% of the overall energy supply, whereas renewables only account for 11% of the total final consumption.

The UK’s target for supply of renewable energy is set to be 20% by 2020. Although each year there is an increase of renewable energy, the current pace does not appear to be fast enough, as there was a 12% increase from 2017 to 2018, and official figures suggest that the national target will be missed.

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