Public overwhelmingly backs renewable energy, poll shows

Public overwhelmingly backs renewable energy, poll shows

80% of people support the use of renewable energy

New stats unveiled by the UK Govt show the vast majority of people support renewable energy. The latest Public Attitudes Tracker, published by BEIS, shows 80% of people support its use, while only 3% oppose. View the attitude tracker here.

In addition, the tracker also revealed that public concerns over climate change have remained high

Eight in 10 people (82%) in September 2020 were either very concerned (38%) or fairly concerned (44%) about climate change. Levels of concern have increased from 78% in March.

Page 1, BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker Wave 35

Results from the tracker also indicate the public is becoming more aware of key climate change topics and UK Government net zero emissions targets. In September 2020, 66% of the public were aware of the concept of “net zero”, which is an increase from 63% in June 2020 and 52% in March 2020.

Melanie Onn, Deputy chief executive, RenewableUK  said:

“The sky-high level of public support in this latest poll chimes with the Prime Minister’s announcement that he wants every UK home to be powered by offshore wind by 2030.

“We can build back better after Covid by putting onshore and offshore wind at the heart of our modern energy system, alongside innovative technologies like renewable hydrogen, floating wind and marine power.

“Our world-class clean-tech industries are bringing billions in private investment to the UK at the very time when we need to create new jobs most.”

Want to here more from BEIS? Rita Wadey Deputy Director – Hydrogen Economy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy took part in our Virtual Summit webinar, Speed and Scale – the race for hydrogen. Watch it now on demand!

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