Carbon Content of the UK Grid:

579 gCO2/kWh

Last updated at 9:10
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. Demand for electricity will increase over the next few hours. 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 12,468 MW 33.3%
Open Cycle Gas Turbine - -
Oil - -
Coal 13,015 MW 34.7%
Nuclear 6,158 MW 16.4%
Wind Turbines 1,880 MW 5.0%
Hydro Pump Storage 285 MW 0.8%
Hydro 118 MW 0.3%
Other 1,117 MW 3.0%
Import from France 1,492 MW 4.0%
Import from Ireland - -
Import from The Netherlands 964 MW 2.6%
Total 37,497 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
53 g/km
Mitsubishi iMiEV
58 g/km
64 g/km
71 g/km
Nissan LEAF
89 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*