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02 October 2017

Last night Great Britain experienced its greenest period of low-carbon electricity production ever. National Grid statistics show that our power produced only 73 gCO2/kWh between 00:30 - 01:00 BST this morning. National Grid’s green energy forecast, developed jointly with Environmental Defense Fund Europe and WWF, also predicts that the carbon intensity of the grid will drop below 100g/kWh again overnight tonight.

Commenting on these records, James Beard, Climate and Energy Specialist at WWF, stated:

“Going below the milestone of 100 gCO2/kWh is a huge step in the right direction, but rather than being a one-off it needs to be the norm by 2030 to meet our carbon budgets. The UK Government’s long-overdue Clean Growth Plan must set out clearly how we will continue to reduce our emissions and boost investment not just in renewables, but also energy efficiency and electric vehicles.

“Solar panels powered us to our greenest summer ever this year, but as the nights draw in it’s a chance for wind power to step up. Just a few days into autumn we are already smashing new energy records. These windy nights are the perfect time to charge laptops, phones and cars."

Notes to editors

National Grid green energy forecast can be found here: http://carbonintensity.org.uk/

Full details are here: https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/how-do-you-make-green-cup-tea