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2020 Was the 3rd Warmest, 5th Wettest, and 8th Sunniest Ever Recorded in the UK
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2020 Was the 3rd Warmest, 5th Wettest, and 8th Sunniest Ever Recorded in the UK

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard UK Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwen WrenThe first half of 2021 has spelled numerous climate-induced natural disasters in the United Kingdom, including extreme heat, rainstorms, and flooding. In June and July, the Meteorological Office (the country’s national weather service) issued an extreme heat advisory. Temperature records that...

Nuclear Power is an Integral Part of the UK’s Vision for Transitioning to a Net-Zero Carbon Economy by 2050
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Nuclear Power is an Integral Part of the UK’s Vision for Transitioning to a Net-Zero Carbon Economy by 2050

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard UK Country Managers Gwenyth Wren and Thomas Christensen   The United Kingdom was preeminent in the development and use of nuclear energy. In 1956 the world’s first commercial nuclear power station was opened at Calder Hall, which was connected to the grid, in the UK. Currently, 21% of...

UK’s Major Climate Challenges: Reduce Emissions from the Residential Heating, Aviation and Shipping Sectors
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UK’s Major Climate Challenges: Reduce Emissions from the Residential Heating, Aviation and Shipping Sectors

This Post has been submitted by Climate Scorecard United Kingdom Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwenyth WrenUK climate change target and progress The UK has a 68% emissions reduction goal by 2030 (NDC) and a 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, as well as a 2050 net zero goal. It has brought emissions down...

UK was First Major Economy to Embrace a Legal Obligation to Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050
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UK was First Major Economy to Embrace a Legal Obligation to Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

This post was submitted by UK Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwenyth WrenCurrent level of greenhouse gas emissions In 2019, net emissions in the UK were estimated to be 454.8 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), a decrease of 2.8% compared to the 2018 figure of 468.1 million tonnes and 43.8% lower than they were...

Glasgow: Best Climate Practice City in the United Kingdom
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Glasgow: Best Climate Practice City in the United Kingdom

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard UK Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwenyth Wren   Context In November 2021, Glasgow will be the host city of COP26, the fifth-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, where world leaders will convene and aim to establish new, ambitious emissions reduction targets in the hope of staving off...

Best Climate Practice UK: The Green Alliance
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Best Climate Practice UK: The Green Alliance

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard United Kingdom Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwenyth WrenThe Green Alliance is an independent think tank and charity operating in the United Kingdom since 1979. It works to accelerate political action and foster ambitious leadership for the environment in order to create transformative policy for a zero-waste economy....

Renewable Energy Best Practice in the UK: The Dolphyn Project
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Renewable Energy Best Practice in the UK: The Dolphyn Project

By Climate Scorecard UK Country Managers Thomas Christensen & Gwen Wren   Background Offshore Wind: Largest Source of Renewable Energy in the UK Offshore wind is the fastest growing source of renewable energy in the United Kingdom. According to the IEA, 33% of the UK’s share of electricity generation in 2019 came from wind energy....

UK Should Support Divestment of International Financing of Fossil Fuels Among Other Climate Policies
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UK Should Support Divestment of International Financing of Fossil Fuels Among Other Climate Policies

Policy Recommendation #1: Support divestment of international financing of fossil fuels Policy Recommendation #2: Successfully drive overseas investments for fossil fuels out with integrity and transparency Policy Recommendation #3: Aspire for integrity by strongly targeting residential and transport sectors through imposing strict deadlines for transitioning towards renewables Policy Recommendation #4: Clearly distinguish fossil fuel components...

UK’s Electricity Sources Have Drastically Shifted Over the Past 30 Years
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UK’s Electricity Sources Have Drastically Shifted Over the Past 30 Years

The UK has seen a 6% increase in electricity use since 1990. However, its energy production has decreased by over 40%, displaying a significant change in energy efficiency. Electricity generation by source (1990-2019) The way in which electricity is sourced in the UK in the last 30 years has shifted drastically: coal has dropped from...

The UK Has Seen Emissions Decrease by 30-40% Since 1990
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The UK Has Seen Emissions Decrease by 30-40% Since 1990

Recently Reported Greenhouse Gas Emissions Level: 339.2 MtCO2e in 2019, a Decrease of 30%-40% from 1990 (Source: IEA) According to research from the International Energy Agency (IEA), total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the UK amounted to 339.2 MtCO2e in 2019. This signals a decline from 2018 emissions levels of 352 MtCO2e, which—at the time—comprised...

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