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The UK Passes One Week Without Coal Power!

As reported yesterday, the UK has broken records.

For the first time since 1882, coal power has not been used to make electricity.

The increased use of renewable energy means coal power stations are required less when the demand is low. On the 1st May at 1.24pm, the last coal generator was able to be taken off the system and we are currently still sitting at zero. Most of the country’s power has been generated from combined cycle gas turbines. Renewable, nuclear, and solar power have also contributed a significant amount to be able to meet the demand.

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This landmark occasion comes shortly after David Attenborough’s latest BBC documentary “Climate Change: The Facts”, was aired on the 18th April 2019. He said: “It may sound frightening, but the scientific evidence is that if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies.”

The UK government pledged to phase out all electricity supplied by coal power by 2025. In a statement, Greg Clark, the business and energy secretary, gave praise to the momentous achievement.

“Going a week without coal for the first time since the Industrial Revolution is a huge leap forward in our world-leading efforts to reduce emissions, but we’re not stopping there.

“To combat climate change and seize on the opportunities of clean growth, we’re phasing out coal entirely by 2025 and building a cleaner, greener energy system.

“We lead the world when it comes to tackling climate change and we want to carry on breaking records, which is why we’ve put foundations in place to allow our renewables sector to thrive.”

He also added: “We’re now on a path to become the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions.”

 

How can we help?

 

You can find out more on how to reduce your carbon footprint, read our How Do I Reduce Carbon and Business Energy Costs? blog post.

If you are interested in switching your business’ energy and going green, we can help you. All we require from you is a copy of your latest bill. We can then start the process of reviewing your energy spend and look at how you can reduce your carbon footprint.

Send your energy bills to iams@fidelity-energy.co.uk or call us today to find out more.

Ten Interesting Renewable Energy Facts

Green energy is increasingly a popular choice these days and economical around the world. Here at Fidelity Energy, we’re working hard to promote renewable energy. We know it could solve so many of our worries like climate change on a global scale, air pollution in our towns and cities, and acidity in our oceans.

Let us embrace new renewable technology and take a look at ten facts that reveal what the future could hold for all of us…

1. Renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power, now generate almost a third of the UK’s electricity.

2. The main forms of renewable energy are: solar, wind, hydro, biofuel and geothermal and these sources are all continually replenished.

3. Just 1 wind turbine (25% output) can generate enough electricity to power over 1,000 (average UK homes).

4. Amazingly, as of 2017, China builds 2 wind turbines every hour!

5. Renewable energy creates 5 times more jobs than fossil fuels.

6. Solar power may account for the world’s main source of power by 2050…

7. And Europe and North Africa could run on 100% renewable energy by 2050.

8. Around 71% of the planet is made up from water, so it makes sense that this is currently the most commonly used renewable source. Providing the energy for over 28 million people.

9. In 2016, Portugal made history by running on renewable energy alone for 107 hours.

10. Megabucks: the renewable energy industry is growing fast. By next year, the global market is expected to be worth £600 billion!

Hopefully, these facts have provided some insight into the incredible world of renewable energy and the endless possibilities that are all around us. Read our How Do I Reduce Carbon and Business Energy Costs? blog to find out how to cut your carbon footprint and save on your business energy bills.

Resources: OVO Energy, Cleantechnica, Wind Watch.

The Kia Oval ground hits sustainability for six!

International cricket ground, the Kia Oval, has taken major steps towards making the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable future.

The Oval, a historic sporting venue in south London, and home to Surrey County Cricket Club, has announced plans to eliminate single-use plastics and run entirely on renewable energy.

Starting with the new 2018 season, the club will work to ban all plastic straws, introduce compostable coffee cups and gradually phase-out the use of plastic bags. It is targeting 2020 to become entirely plastic free across its entire business.

At the same time, it has signed a deal with Fidelity Energy and French multinational ENGIE to supply the ground with 100 percent renewable power. The partnership, which has been in place since last year, will run until at least 2022 and save an estimated 6,252 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Surrey CCC Chief Executive, Richard Gould, said: “The club has always been very conscious of reducing its impact on the environment wherever possible and, after a great deal of thought, has decided to make this ambitious commitment.”

Since 2015, the ground has only served beer in recyclable glasses, and is working on extending this to soft drinks. It also has an ongoing partnership with Sky to promote reusable plastic, which has led to the construction of 20 permanent water fountains.

To achieve its new plastic-free goal, the club “will need to work with our Members, fans, partners and staff to analyse all areas of the business and work out where we need to introduce alternative products and ways of working,” concluded Gould.

Paul Havell, co-founder of Fidelity Energy, added: “We are delighted to have secured a 100 percent renewable green electricity contract for the Kia Oval and are thrilled to be able to help the club achieve their goal of reducing their carbon footprint. This move demonstrates their commitment to renewables and sustainability.”

Learn more about how we’ve supported The Kia Oval: https://fidelity-energy.co.uk/kia-oval-2