Affordable and Clean Energy

Renewable Energy Overtakes Coal in the US

Renewable energy plays a large role in the pursuit of net zero emissions.

For the first time in 130 years, the proportion of energy used across America was greater in the renewable sector than by using coal for 40 days straight.

On the 21st May, the United States hit their 100th day in a row where renewable energy, including wind and solar, was used more greatly – a challenge not met since at least 1885.  This has been largely as a result of the slowing of coal production due to the COVID19 outbreak, however even in 2019 the use of coal for energy had already significantly reduced.

Coal releases more CO2 (carbon dioxide) than any other energy source.  CO2 has a devastating effect on global warming and climate change, as well as air and water pollution.

With many countries working towards a target of net zero emissions by 2050 to avoid an even bigger climate crisis, scientists advise that this reduction in usage is promising and a step in the right direction.

If you would like to learn more about climate action and affordable clean energy, check out goals 13 and 7 in our learning resource pages.

Posted by Claire Edwards 3 June 2020

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