It’s the first 24 hour period the UK hasn’t needed any coal at all in modern times. The government is phasing coal out and has pledged to cut it completely by 2025 so we should expect more coal free days ahead. Photo: Andrew.
The London Taxi Company have just opened their newest factory in Coventry, and it’s electric cars only. It’s the first factory in the UK that’s dedicated to making electric vehicles. The first ones are rolling onto London’s streets later this year. Photo: Neil Howard.
In the last three years India has built solar temples, solar ferries, and the world’s largest rooftop solar rig (eight acres!). Their target is to increase solar power to 100GW by 2022 - that’s ten times the current amount. Photo: Kiran Jonnalagadda
Yep, they’re 100% powered by renewables. This is the world’s first crowdfunded train, which runs one journey per day between Berlin and Stuttgart. It takes a little longer than the regular train, but tickets are one fifth of the price. The founder is hoping it’ll lure people away from long, polluting car journeys. Photo: Locomore
Thanks to 5000 solar panels and 60 Tesla batteries, Ta’u, American Samoa, has kicked the diesel habit completely. They used to import diesel, so bad weather meant no power. Now they’re totally self sufficient. The plan is to make the whole of American Samoa solar powered by 2040. Photo: American Samoa Power Authority
Last year Google bought 44% of their power from wind and solar. This year they’re going the whole hog - all of their data centres and offices of 60,000 staff will be 100% powered by renewables. Tech companies now make up something like 2% of global carbon emissions, so Google really are leading the way. Photo: Google.
The Welsh government has announced that all public services will be powered by 100% renewable electricity by April 2017 - 50% from Welsh sources. Photo: Jon Candy.
The gardens are brightening up reclaimed land near the stations or tracks and all contain veg, flowers, herbs… and solar panels! The panels power the water pumps, and then they sell the extra electricity and use the money to fund the upkeep of the garden. Photo: Tom Page
To help lower carbon emissions the government are building heat networks across the UK using everything from factory machinery to geothermal to transport systems to heat our homes. That includes the nightmare-ish heat of the London underground too! Photo: tseyin CC2.0
Imagine an area the size of Hull - now times that by five and add 300 turbines the size of the Gherkin skyscraper in London! That's the wind farm coming soon to the UK! And not only will this mega wind farm produce enough clean energy for 1.8 million homes, it’ll also create thousands of green jobs. Photo: Vattenfall
In July the Solar Impulse 2 plane flew into the record books as the first plane to circle the globe on solar power alone. As well as completing the 42,000 km trip the plane broke a whopping 19 official flight records. But perhaps its biggest achievement is showing the world a future where we could all be flying on sunshine! Photo: Solar Impulse
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