Carbon Content of the UK Grid:

418 gCO2/kWh

Last updated at 22:35
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 is likely to remain low for several 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 11,891 MW 37.8%
Open Cycle Gas Turbine - -
Oil - -
Coal 5,206 MW 16.6%
Nuclear 8,738 MW 27.8%
Wind Turbines 1,084 MW 3.4%
Hydro Pump Storage 316 MW 1.0%
Hydro 81 0.3%
Other 1,122 MW 3.6%
Import from France 1,996 MW 6.3%
Import from Ireland - -
Import from The Netherlands 1,012 MW 3.2%
Total 31,446 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
38 g/km
Mitsubishi iMiEV
42 g/km
46 g/km
51 g/km
Nissan LEAF
64 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*