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Vast majority of UK households support renewable energy, BEIS survey finds

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A new report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) suggests that the number of UK households in support of renewable energy has risen by five per cent year-on-year.

BEIS’ latest figures reveal that 79 per cent of UK households now support the use of renewable energy.

This figure is down slightly from the 82 per cent recorded during the department’s previous survey in September 2017. However, commentators have been keen to note that the figure is still five per cent higher than the 74 per cent recorded this time last year.

Meanwhile, the report suggests that only four per cent of British households remain opposed to the use of renewable energy – while only a negligible one per cent remain “strongly opposed.”

Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth at BEIS, hailed the findings of the department’s latest Wave 24 Public Attitudes Tracker (PAT) as “a UK success story.”

“Backing for renewable energy continues to be high with 79 per cent of the public in support.

“We’ve shown that renewable energy projects are an effective way to cut our emissions, while creating thousands of good jobs and attracting billions of pounds worth of investment,” she said.

Interestingly, however, almost half (49 per cent) of respondents to BEIS’ survey indicated that they neither opposed nor supported the controversial process of shale gas fracking.

This is despite a majority (76 per cent) claiming to be ‘aware’ of fracking and the complications it can pose. 

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