U.K. households supportive of renewable energy, biomass

By Erin Voegele | April 30, 2015

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released an updated edition of its public attitudes tracking survey, reporting that 78 percent of U.K. households said they support the use of renewable energy provide electricity, fuel and heat. According to the DECC, this result is consistent with survey results from the past three years.

The majority, 71 percent, of respondents said renewable energy industries and developments provide economic benefits to the U.K. That statistic was also consistent with survey results from 2014 and 2013. In addition, 78 percent said that renewable energy developments should provide direct benefits to the communities in which they are located.

Approximately 63 percent of respondents said they support biomass technologies, up from 60 percent last year. In 2012, 64 percent of respondents indicated support for biomass energy.

While support for renewables is widespread, U.K. households showed much less support for non-renewable energy technologies. Only 39 percent of respondents said they support the use of nuclear energy and only 24 percent said they supported the extraction of shale gas to generate heat and electricity in the U.K. Approximately 38 percent of people said were aware of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, and only 52 percent of those who were aware of the technology said they support its use.

The report also addressed public attitudes toward climate change. About 66 percent said they are concerned about climate change. In addition, 40 percent said they attribute climate change solely to human activity, while 42 percent said they believe climate change in caused by a mixture of natural and human causes.