Great Britain managed to generate electricity without coal for over 8 days in early May 2019, creating a new record. This has now been surpassed by over 10 consecutive days without the use of the fossil fuel. It is encouraging news for our vegan and sustainable readers as well as the renewable energy sector. These figures are the first seen since the industrial revolution, however, if we are to truly change the way we use energy, this needs to change to hundreds of days rather than hundreds of hours.
The energy met during this lack of coal was as follows: Gas 45%, Nuclear 21%, Wind 12%, Imports 10%, Biomass 6%, Solar 5%, Large Hydro <1%, Storage <1%. Encouraging, but there are discussions that solar energy and wind can increase in percentage share. Renewable energy now accounts for 33% of Britain’s generation and increasing.
Wilby has been nominated for the Independent Bag Awards under the Basic Adhesives Green Bag Award. We would like to say a big thank you to Emily and Marina at the Independent Bag Awards for all of their help and support. It is an honour to be recognised for our green ethics and design and the Bailey Saddle bag (the bag that is nominated) is made from sustainable cork and eco – friendly glue, it is also made in the UK and has been worn by well known vegan celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone.
We are also in the running for the Instyle award where you can vote for the Bailey Saddle bag below:
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has approved plans for fracking at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton in Lancashire. Environmentalists and local campaign groups reacted angrily, saying that it was a denial of local democracy.
It means, for the first time, UK shale rock will be fracked horizontally, which is expected to yield more gas. Last year the Lancashire County Council refused to permit fracking at the site last year due to noise and traffic impact. The fracking companies (of course) appealed.
What is shocking is that neither the community or the council are supporting the shift but the move still continues. The Communities Secretary continues the onslaught of horizontal fracking, not for the good of the communities (which ironically is his job title) but for the good of the businesses looking to do the fracking.
There is of course the trouble with paradigms: The government seem to believe that in order to solve energy issues, we can replace fossil fuels with another fossil fuel (If you take a trip to Heathrow airport you can see the various advertisements explicitly explaining this in a shameless promotion of fracking). This concept is persistent despite the the non renewable concept and despite the danger and reduced life quality of the communities having to endure it.