New statistics unveiled today by the Government show the vast majority of people support the rapid growth of renewable energy projects throughout the UK. The latest Public Attitudes Tracker, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, shows 80% of people support the use of renewable energy, while only 3% oppose it. Offshore wind remains hugely popular at 77% and onshore wind also enjoys overwhelming backing at 73%. 79% of the public support wave and tidal energy. The poll also reveals that 82% of people are concerned about climate change. This percentage has been increasing gradually over the course of this year, up from 78% in the survey published in May and 81% in August.
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The public would prefer the government to plant millions of trees to suck carbon out of the atmosphere rather than plough huge sums of cash into carbon capture and storage technology, in a blow to the Prime Minister’s plans to kickstart a green industrial revolution. YouGov polling conducted on behalf of the energy company Ovo reveals strong public support for renewable energy and tree planting to tackle climate change. But Britons are decidedly lukewarm about the prospect of government focusing investment on emerging technologies like carbon capture and storage, or green hydrogen production, the survey reveals. YouGov’s findings echo the conclusions of the UK’s Climate Assembly, a group of 108 members of the public tasked by Parliament with drawing up a road map for getting the UK to net zero emissions by 2050. The Assembly strongly backed tree planting and the creation of other natural carbon sinks, but were cautious of carbon capture technology. Almost half of the Assembly members opposed the construction of new nuclear plants. “It’s clear that people want climate action – and they particularly want investment in practical low-carbon solutions like renewable energy and tree planting,” Professor Rebecca Willis, expert lead for the assembly, told i.
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