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The Public Wants More Renewables

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 years ago
  • Author: Steve Walia

​A new survey has found that the British public wants to see greater use of renewable energy. Furthermore, the majority of people think that growing levels of solar and wind energy will also be the best way to boost Britain's energy security.


74% of respondents said that they would be in favour of planning reforms that allow clean energy projects to be built faster. Most also said that they are looking to reduce their consumption of gas and oil overall in the wake of the Ukraine invasion.


The government's energy and security strategy is now long awaited, and it will lay out plans to supply Britain's energy needs whilst hitting the now legally binding zero-carbon emissions targets for 2050.


6pc of people polled by Opinion said that they believed renewable energy sources were the number one solution to reaching the net-zero target, and 48pc were reducing their energy usage overall.


The results come after the government suggested it would support the growth of fossil-fuel drilling in the North Sea, ramp up nuclear power generation and delay the caps of fracking sites. The strategy has reportedly been pushed back because of internal rows over government spending.


Experts say that the best way to slash dependence on fossil fuels is to invest in cheap renewables, insulate homes and invest in more air-source heat pumps. There has been widespread criticism over the government's response to ramp up investment in some fossil fuels.


Offshore wind is seen by the public as being the best solution to boost Britain's energy security of supply, followed by solar and nuclear. 40% of those polled were in favour of reforming and hastening planning processes to install clean energy faster. 30pc said that they were also installing energy-efficiency measures at home.