London, Britain has shut down some coal-fired power plants for the first time since the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, said the country’s National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) Thursday.

“As more and more renewables come on to our energy system, coal-free runs like this are going to be a regular occurrence,” said Fintan Slye, director of ESO.

As part of efforts to meet its climate target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared with 1990 levels in the next three decades, the UK plans to wean itself completely off coal-fired power generation by 2025.

The UK was the home for the world’s first coal-fired power plant in the late 1880s, when coal was the most important source of electricity generation and a significant contributor to economic growth over the next century.

Coal-fired power plants cause twice as much gas emissions as gas-fired power plants.

Last week, a British committee on climate change, which is an independent consulting entity, advised that the UK should completely eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

This would need more renewable electricity production, an earlier phase-out of new petrol and diesel cars, and consumer changes such as turning central heating thermostats down and eating less red meat.

Source: Jordan News Agency