Monthly Environment Round Up: May2023

Wind takes over as the UKs main source of electricity for the
first time

In the first quarter of 2023, an important transition occurred in the energy sector, as wind turbines surpassed gas as the primary source of energy generation. This shift signifies a significant step forward in the United Kingdom’s efforts to increase renewable energy solutions.

During this period, wind farms contributed to one-third of our country’s electricity production, highlighting the increasing role of wind power in meeting our energy needs. Furthermore, renewable energy accounted for 42% of the United Kingdom’s total energy consumption, with solar and wind energy leading the way in this transition, alongside hydro power.

The growth and progress in solar and wind energy sectors have been remarkable, setting new records and demonstrating the potential of these sustainable sources. This transition to renewable energy is crucial in mitigating the impacts of climate change and fostering a more sustainable future.

, Monthly Environment Round Up: May2023, Greener Energy Group

Spain has produced enough energy to power its entire country.

In what Business Insider calls a remarkable achievement, Spain powered itself exclusively with wind, solar, and hydro energy on Tuesday, May 16th, from 10 am to 7 pm, for a full 9- hour workday. The installation of solar panels in Spain has had a dual impact, as reported by Spanish newspaper El Pais. Firstly, it injects energy directly into the grid system, bolstering the overall supply. Secondly, during daylight hours when the sun is shining, the demand for non-renewable energy sources is reduced. These simultaneous benefits highlight the effectiveness of solar panels in Spain’s energy landscape. Their contribution to a sustainable and low-carbon future is considered crucial for the health of our planet.

, Monthly Environment Round Up: May2023, Greener Energy Group

Edinburgh based Enhanced Rock Weathering company UNDO secures £12m in new investments.

Enhanced Rock Weathering is a process that sees volcanic rock ground into a dust and spread across fields. The rocks will then weather in the rain, and absorb CO2, removing it from the atmosphere. This is a permanent process. Natural Rock weathering takes hundreds of thousands of years. Edinburgh company, UNDO, however, supercharges this process and allows it to happen over mere decades.

They collect the basalt from a quarry in Edinburgh Orrock Quarry. Then they use the dust of what is leftover from the rock harvested for roads, therefore reducing waste as it is a byproduct. The new funding they have received will allow them to ramp up production, and hopefully meet their goal of removing one billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2030.

, Monthly Environment Round Up: May2023, Greener Energy Group

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Car Parks heating up with Solar.

The French Senate has approved legislation mandating solar panels be installed on car parks with 80+ spaces, while solar car parks are also gaining momentum in the UK. This move maximizes space utilization for solar power, reducing CO2 emissions. It’s regarded as a logical and practical way to harness open space for dual functionality—providing shade for vehicles and generating renewable energy. Such initiatives can contribute to global efforts in combating climate change and promoting clean transportation. The trend highlights the potential of solar car parks in transforming underutilized areas into sustainable energy sources, exemplifying a forward-thinking approach towards a greener future.

, Monthly Environment Round Up: May2023, Greener Energy Group

What about Funding?

In May we have seen demonstrable progress in the renewable energy sector. From Spain’s achievement in powering itself with clean energy for a full workday to the switch towards wind, solar and water energy in the UK these initiatives showcase a global commitment to sustainability. These efforts can not only diversify energy sources but also continue our goals of reducing carbon emissions and promoting a greener future. These actions could serve as examples for other nations and contribute to a more resilient and sustainable planet.

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