5-speed listening (Green Energy - Level 2)

2017 was UK's greenest energy year ever






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The UK is increasing its use of renewable energy. It is moving from fossil fuels to green energy, such as wind, nuclear and solar energy. New figures show that the UK had its greenest year ever in 2017 for producing electricity. In 2017, the UK had its first coal-free day for over 150 years. The UK broke 13 clean energy records in 2017. In June, wind, nuclear and solar power produced more electricity than gas and coal. It is the first time this has happened. The UK's power system is now the fourth cleanest in Europe and the seventh cleanest in the world.

The UK has been trying to reduce how much coal it uses. Coal now supplies less than 7 per cent of the UK's electricity. The government wants to use less gas to meet its greenhouse gas target. The UK uses too much gas. The charity World Wildlife Fund is pleased that the UK is moving towards greener energy. It said: "We have never been cleaner or greener, and we are on [target] for an even better year in 2018." It added: "Climate change is [damaging] our nature and wildlife, but we are…facing up to the challenge. We are turning our backs on polluting fossil fuels [for a] clean future."

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