Nest investment in renewables

The UK’s largest pension scheme, Nest, has confirmed they will invest £1.4bn into renewable energy infrastructure in the UK and Europe throughout the next decade.

And with the UK setting a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, the pressure is on to encourage renewable energy source usage.

To lend a helping hand, has created an onsite interactive asset packed full of exciting renewable energy statistics to reveal information about alternative energy and its effects.

In a bid to raise awareness, the informative study collated digestible information which dives deep into facts about the sun, atmosphere, earth, water, and earth’s core.

Please see the full interactive asset here:

Some highlights from the interactive asset include:


Households using solar energy save 35 tonnes of CO2 annually – the same emissions produced from heating 12.8 million UK homes.

In just one hour, the Earth receives more energy than it would consume in an entire year (approximately 120 terawatts).


The next generation of wind turbines (floating wind turbines) could help provide enough electricity to power the world 11 times over.

In 2019, the electricity generated from wind turbines prevented an estimated 42 million cars’ worth of CO2 emissions.

By 2050, one-third of the world’s electricity needs could be met by wind.


Renewable energy is projected to account for more than 50% of total power generation by 2035.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to exceed 100 million by 2035, reducing CO2 emissions by 460 million tonnes per year – more than the UK’s entire net CO2 emissions in 2019 (351.5 million tonnes).

The energy sector is the leading contributor to climate change, accounting for nearly 90% of CO2 emissions around the world.


10 water turbines (25.4 megawatts) generate enough power annually to support the domestic needs of a city with a population of 500,000.

Water is over 800 times denser than air, which means the force of a low tidal flow is similar to that produced from a 300mph wind hitting a wind turbine.

In Norway, hydropower regularly accounts for more than 95% of total power production per year.

Earth’s core

A home geothermal energy pump can cut energy bills by 30-40% and save you up to £1,350 per year.

The largest geothermal plant can be found at the Geysers Geothermal Complex in the USA and produces 1,517 megawatts – enough to power 1.5 million homes per year.

87% of Iceland’s homes are heated using geothermal energy.

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