Since the industrial revolution, entire nations haven’t resorted to hand production anymore. Instead, it is the machine that powers the daily necessities of the modern life such as electricity. However, this turning point has also led to a dependency towards coal power. The United Kingdom was among those countries that can’t go a day without harnessing the potential of coal. However, for the first time since the 1800s, UK managed to go against this trend to the satisfaction of activists, officials, and population.
The National Grid Shut Down the Only U.K. Coal Plant on Thursday for 24 Hours
According to the National Grid, April 21, 2017, marked a first time for the U.K. population. The country went through a full cycle of 24 hours without relying on coal power to sustain its cities. This is the first time the dependency on the sedimentary rock was broken since the industrial revolution. This milestone became a reality as the only functional coal-fired plant in U.K., namely the West Burton 1, halted its operations on Thursday.
The new achievement managed to surpass by far other past such attempts. The government tried the same strategy in the year of 2016. The period marked several coal-free trials. The longest of them was of 19 hours. This happened twice during last May over a weekend and on the following Thursday as well. These initiatives were possible thanks to a new wave of solar and wind plants. Over the past year, renewable sources of energy gained a lot of influence in the U.K. power culture.
The U.K. Is Conforming to the Paris Agreement that Criticizes Coal Power
A spokesman for the National Grid claimed that the company is looking forward to much more such days to come. This is only the beginning of less polluting fuel that is currently contributing to the unhealthy layer of smog that came to describe the entire country over the years.
The United Kingdom is now pursuing to adhere to the Paris agreement. This multinational contract was first officially discussed in 2015. Its main goal is to fight against the predominance of fossil fuels, and it is also the first comprehensive agreement regarding global environment. One of its most important clauses stipulates that all nations should reach certain thresholds of generated fossil fuels by 2025. With the new milestone, U.K. might become one of the few countries that will achieve its targets.
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