Recently announced government statistics show that the UK has reduced its carbon footprint, following the pattern of the past few quarters. Due to a recent fall in energy demand, greater production from renewable resources, and reduced reliance on fossil fuel production.
The UK’s Energy Trends update, published yesterday, revealed that the production of low carbon electricity has risen by 1.5% over this quarter, standing at a 38.6% contribution to the UK energy mix.
Of the biggest causes for this rise were the unforeseen closure of two nuclear reactors last month which instigated a dramatic fall in nuclear generation; greater investment into renewable energy resources (such as funding for new solar and wind farms) and increased bioenergy production.
Scotland has done exceptionally well in reducing there carbon emissions, boasting that 32 per cent of their total electricity last year was produced by renewable resources and fossil fuels. These substantial increases in renewable acquired energy has encouraged people to support wind energy, with “a majority of people wanting to see more onshore wind farms built near them” (Jennifer Webber, RenewableUK’s director of external affairs).
Continuing to reduce carbon emissions is a big aim of the government for 2015, green deals, tax incentives and renewable projects are all to be expected to become more prominent in the following year.
If you are an engineer looking to get involved in renewable projects please call our team on 02392 603030 to find out what opportunities we have in 2015.
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