Carbon Content of the UK Grid:

566 gCO2/kWh

Last updated at 12:40
This figure takes into account source supply and average transmission losses

CO2 Content:
Grid Utilisation:

Should I plug in my electric car?


Both the demand for electricity and the carbon footprint of the electricity produced is low. Now is a very good time to put your electric car on to charge.

Why are our carbon figures higher than other carbon footprint calculators elsewhere on the web?
Our carbon calculator not only takes into account the generation of the electricity at the power station, but also the carbon footprint for extracting and transporting the raw materials to the power stations and the generation losses between the power stations and the consumer.

The figures also take into account the construction of the power station and the decomissioning at the end of its life.

For this reason, our carbon figures are typically 70-80g/kWh higher than most other calculators on the web.


Where our power is coming from:

Power Source: Megawatts: Percent:
Closed Cycle Gas Turbine 14,287 MW 35.4%
Open Cycle Gas Turbine - -
Oil - -
Coal 13,257 MW 32.9%
Nuclear 4,505 MW 11.2%
Wind Turbines 4,043 MW 10.0%
Hydro Pump Storage 486 MW 1.2%
Hydro 715 MW 1.8%
Other 1,105 MW 2.7%
Import from France 958 MW 2.4%
Import from Ireland - -
Import from The Netherlands 958 MW 2.4%
Total 40,314 MW 100.0%

How eco-friendly is an electric car?

Based on the carbon footprint right now, this is how an electric car compares to a conventional car:  
REVA L-ion
51 g/km
Mitsubishi iMiEV
57 g/km
63 g/km
69 g/km
Nissan LEAF
87 g/km

Toyota Prius
107 (89)g/km*
Fiat 500 TwinAir
114 (95)g/km*
Ford Fiesta ECOtec
118 (98)g/km*
VW Polo Bluemtn
119 (99)g/km*
Honda Insight
122 (101)g/km*
MINI Cooper D
125 (104)g/km*
Fiat Panda ECO
143 (119)g/km*
BMW 116i
172 (143)g/km*
Ford Focus 1.6i
189 (157)g/km*
Average new car in the UK
196 (163)g/km*
Dodge Journey
252 (209)g/km*