Global demand for electricity is predicted to rise by 4.5% in 2021 – equivalent to 1,000TWh – following heavy reductions as a result of COVID-19.
EDF is to shutter its West Burton A power station in September 2022, leaving just one coal-fired power station remaining in the UK.
Drax has dropped plans to develop any new gas plants, including its plans to build Europe's biggest CCGT plant as it moves to turn its back on fossil fuels.
Britain had its first coal-free Christmas, while wind set a new generation record on Boxing Day to round off a record-breaking year for green energy.
Great Britain has now gone more than 18 days without coal-fired generation, thanks to sunny weather and low demand.
Globally, CO2 emissions fell faster than they have for decades in 2019, but this was driven by unsustainable “one-off” factors.
New research by Carbon Brief has shown that the UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen by 28% over the past decade.
Coal-fired power generation around the world is on track for a record reduction in 2019, according to new research by Carbon Brief.