Updated: Jun 12
Britain marks milestone achievement of a coal-free month
UPDATE: As of 11th June 2020, Britain has marked 2 months coal free.
It is almost a year to the day since Britain marked its first week without burning any coal to generate electricity since the Industrial Revolution; the 8th of May 2019 marked the first week without reliance on coal power since 1882.
With the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, today marks the milestone of the first coal-free month. Undoubtedly a key factor in reaching this milestone is the drop in demand due to nationwide lockdown. Nevertheless, this is an important landmark to reach. The next challenge is to see how we can replicate this achievement when electricity demand returns to normal levels.
In February, the Government announced plans to bring the deadline for phasing out coal from Britain's energy network forward by a year to 1 October 2024.