Why is energy so important? And where does our energy come
from? Find out more here, with information provided by the Eden
What's it all about?
Why do we need energy?
Energy is vital to the way we live today. We use it to power our
transport, cook our food, heat and light our homes, and operate the
countless machines and appliances we use every day. This makes the
way we produce our energy very important.
Where does our energy come from?
Energy can come from many different sources, but most of the
energy we use today comes from one place - fossil fuels. Fossil
fuels are substances like coal, oil, and natural gas, which have
been created over millions of years from the decaying remains of
plants and animals. About three quarters of the UK's energy
currently comes from burning fossil fuels.
How is our energy generated?
When people talk about generating energy, they don't mean that
new energy is actually being created - instead existing energy is
being converted from one form to another that is more useful to us.
This transformation produces waste - depending on how the energy
has been generated, this waste may be harmless, or it may need to
be dealt with.
To learn about where our energy comes from, and about the impact
it has on the environment, read the 'Energy information pack'.
Download the Energy information
To learn more about the different ways we
generate energy - the energy mix - and why this is an important
issue for everyone, read the 'Energy mix information pack'.
Download the Energy mix information
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