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The month in energy: April 2023

26 April 2023

A record-breaking month for zero-carbon electricity, campaigners rising concern over the road-building spree and a surge in EV purchases all feature in our round-up of the energy sector’s monthly news stories.

The UK takes a backward step axing key climate diplomat role

UK Government axes the most senior climate diplomat post. Nick Bridge, now the former special representative for climate change stepped down after 6 years and is not being replaced.

Read the story on The Guardian

6 benefits of renewable energy for SMEs

Transitioning to renewable sources for your power shouldn’t be looked at as a costly exercise; it can offer a wealth of benefits and opportunities to businesses.

Read our breakdown

Record breaking month for the uptake of EVs

A recent report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), found that March 2023 was a monumental month. New deliveries of electric cars hit a new record at 46,626.

Read the story on Energy Live News

Fossil fuel emissions electricity set to fall

A study from energy analysts from Ember says renewables are set to meet all growth demand this year, with the world likely to use fewer fossil fuels to produce electricity.

Read the story on the BBC

Aviation net zero plans to take off in the UK

New plans have been unveiled to accelerate the decarbonisation of the UK aviation industry. The two-year action plan includes faster production of sustainable fuels and the rollout of zero-emission aircraft.

Read the story on Energy Live News

Campaigners warn road-building spree will damage UK’s net zero targets

The planned road-building spree by the Department for Transport is likely to hinder the UK’s progress towards the net zero targets and pose the risk of missing targets.

Read the story on The Guardian

UK grid record achieved 83% zero-carbon electricity during March

In March, almost half of UK electricity was generated by renewables, with wind power delivering a new record and coal accounting for just 0.5% of generation.

Read the story on Energy Live News

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