Copper’s latest piece of research on public attitudes to net-zero emissions in the UK has found that the majority of the public support the introduction of net-zero policies.
Energy from solar and wind received overwhelming support.
Renewable energy sources from solar and wind received the majority of public support, whereas other renewable technologies like tidal and hydropower were much less popular. This may be because of less exposure to these types of projects in certain regions due to the specific geographical requirements of such schemes.
The government should bear the cost of making the transport and energy sectors net zero.
The public felt that the government should focus on the transport and energy sectors to deliver net-zero emissions. Despite this, the public has a narrow awareness of low carbon transport and energy technologies available to transition the UK to a greener economy and environment. The public is also unwilling to bear the cost and feel that government is responsible for sourcing investment into these sectors.
However, the public isn’t confident the UK will meet the net-zero by 2050 target.
From a total of 2,004 respondents, 64% stated that they weren’t confident that the government will make the necessary changes in time to meet the target by 2050.
Successful investment and delivery of infrastructure to meet net-zero will need to align the benefits with the objectives of the public, minimising further risks of delays and disruption from the public and other stakeholders.
We will discuss Copper’s research in more detail at a breakfast event this morning at BDB Pitmans LLP office in Westminster. To find out more, contact email@example.com .
You can read the key findings report here.