The UK’s biggest electricity retailer has revealed how much the country’s biggest brands are spending on new electric cookstoves.
The British Retail Consortium (BRAC) said last week that its sales of electric cooking devices in the UK were up 10 per cent on a year ago, as a record 5.5m electric cooktop units were sold in 2016.
But, in a statement, the company said its sales for electric cooking equipment are still down by just 0.5 per cent compared to last year, as it continues to scale back its electric fleet.
BRAC says it has been “taking a series of actions to improve its electric cooking infrastructure, including reducing the number of electric cooktops on store shelves”.
The UK’s electricity generation from renewable sources is up, but it is down from 1.1 gigawatt hours (GW) in 2015.
Electric cookstove sales in the US are down, but up from 1 GW last year.
The UK also reported record electric vehicle sales for the first time, with a record 4.3 million new electric cars being sold last year alone.
It said that while electric vehicles are on a downward trajectory, they still represent a “significant” part of the countrys total electric fleet, which currently represents 14 per cent of total UK demand.
BRACE said the UK is on track to meet its 2020 carbon emission target, which is a goal set by the UK’s government to reduce emissions by 26 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.
The BRAC said the increase in sales of the electric cookware is a testament to the progress made by manufacturers and retailers.
“This is a welcome boost to the UKs electric cooking appliance sector,” it said.
However, it said that electric cookpots, electric grills, electric ovens and electric stoves are still not yet included in the electric cooking sector.
‘This is not a game’The statement from the company, which has been in the electricity business for more than 20 years, comes after the government last week announced that it will cut the UK out of the European Union’s emissions trading scheme, the Direct Action scheme.
The government said it would continue to be a member of the scheme but it would not be able to market its electric cook stove to consumers.
The Direct Action programme is designed to encourage manufacturers and suppliers to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that they are emitting by switching to clean energy.
The government says it wants to save consumers money by reducing their electricity bills.
BRAC said it has seen “significant demand for electric cook-stoves” in the past year.
“We believe that the UK will continue to lead in the electrification of household cooking appliances and the electric appliance market will continue its rapid growth,” it added.