Record level of public concern about climate change

Official polling published today by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shows that the percentage of people in the UK who are concerned about climate change has reached a record high.

The latest Public Attitudes Tracker survey, conducted in September and October, when media coverage of the issue was particularly widespread in the run-up to last month’s COP26 summit, reveals that 85 per cent of the public are either very concerned (44 per cent) or fairly concerned (41 per cent) about climate change – the highest percentage recorded in any Government polling to date. Public support for renewable energy also reached a record high at 87 per cent.

RenewableUK’s chief executive Dan McGrail commented: “This new poll underlines the fact that people want to see action against climate change scaled up and speeded up to get us to net-zero as fast as possible. COP26 in Glasgow was a landmark event which raised public awareness throughout this year to an even higher level about the need to act swiftly and decisively. That means ramping up the rate at which we build wind farms onshore and offshore, as well as accelerating the deployment of innovative technology like tidal stream and green hydrogen.”

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