Electric vehicle emissions fall two thirds, says Drax

Renewables meeting energy needs of fifties Britain, says Drax
Andy Koss, Drax Power CEO

The emissions associated with electric vehicles have fallen by two thirds thanks to greener electrical generations, said Drax.

The latest Electric Insights report – produced by Imperial College London researchers in collaboration with Selby-headquartered Drax – analysed electricity generation data from April to June this year.

It showed that the power produced during this quarter contained 199g of CO2 per kWh – 10% lower than the previous minimum set last year.

In the UK there are now more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the roads – pure electric and plug-in hybrid numbers have grown 30-fold in four years, representing 1.8% of new car registrations.

At the same time as electric car numbers are increasing, Britain’s electricity has been decarbonising.

Andy Koss, Drax Power CEO, said: “It’s very exciting to see from this analysis by Dr Staffell and the team at Imperial how we at Drax are contributing to helping the UK to decarbonise.

“Our biomass generating units deliver carbon savings of 68% compared to gas power stations and more than 80% compared to when they used coal.

“Biomass is cost effective, reliable and flexible – this is important not just in terms of reducing emissions in the energy sector, but also the far reaching impacts this can have in transforming other sectors like the automotive and rail industries. The need for more flexible renewable power generation is a real example of the challenges Dieter Helm’s review for BEIS must address.”

Since upgrading half of the power station at Drax to sustainable biomass, more than two thirds of the power produced is renewable.

In the first half of this year Drax produced 17% of the UK’s renewable electricity – enough for four million households.