Renewable energy fights climate change

Climate breakdown is being caused by carbon emissions. And the biggest source of global carbon emissions is burning fossil fuels for energy, which includes heat, electricity and transport. This is because burning fossil fuels (like coal, oil and gas) releases carbon dioxide that has been locked up deep underground for hundreds of millions of years.

To cut carbon emissions and tackle the climate crisis, the world must quickly transition to zero carbon, renewable energy. ‘Renewable’ means that the energy source isn’t depleted when it is used, and includes wind, solar, hydro and sustainably managed bioenergy.

Renewable energy in Britain

Britain currently generates around 37% of its electricity from renewable sources.  The majority comes from onshore and offshore wind farms, followed by biomass, solar and hydroelectricity.

Electricity is only part of the picture. Over 80% of Britain’s homes use gas for their heating. And at the moment, just 10% of gas is renewable biogas. Better building insulation, along with electrified, renewable heat pumps, are needed to help us stop burning so much gas.

 

How does renewable energy work?

Ever wondered how wind turbines or solar panels turn the power of nature into clean, green electricity for our homes? Watch our videos to find out.

What is green technology?

Green technology helps us reduce our impact on the environment. We’re particularly interested in green technologies that you can use to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels. These include rooftop solar panels that mean you can generate renewable electricity at home; batteries that help you store green power for later; heat pumps that replace gas boilers for heating; and electric vehicles that get you where you need to go without pumping out pollution and carbon emissions.