Britain broke its record for the longest continuous period without using coal over the Easter weekend, National Grid have confirmed.
The period exceeded 90 hours before ending on Monday, breaking last year’s record of 76 hours 10 minutes, and becoming the longest coal-free period since the industrial revolution over a century ago.
The sunny weather meant energy demand was low and allowed renewables such as solar panels to help power the UK for almost 4 days.
Less than 10% of the UK’s energy was powered by coal in 2018 and this is predicted to drop again this year. However, many warn that this is not enough, with coal largely being substituted by gas, another fossil fuel.
The Government has pledged to phase out the seven coal power plants by 2025, in attempt to cut greenhouse gasses, with the 2008 Climate Change Act requiring emissions to be reduced by 80% compared with 1990 levels by 2050.
Today 16-year-old Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, is due to speak in the House of Commons and discuss the future of climate change with UK leaders.