Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Biomass

Europeans Keep Saying Yes To Renewables

Originally published on the ECOreport.

The latest public attitude tracker released by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change showed that 75% of the population supports the use of renewables. Only 4% oppose them. The government survey did not contain specific questions about biomass, utility-scale solar farms, and all onshore wind farms — all of whose subsidies were recently slashed. So Good Energy hired its own pollsters. They found that 4% of the British public are opposed to solar farms and 8% to onshore wind projects. This appears to be a pattern, from the continent whose population is most exposed to wind and solar power. Europeans keep saying “Yes” to renewables.

1008213420_96f444f71a_o-1038x576

European Support For Renewables

According to a Eurobarometer, released last year:

  • 90% of Europeans think “climate change is a very serious or a serious problem.”
  • 90% of Europeans think “it is important for their government to set targets to increase the amount of renewable energy used by 2030.”
  • 80% of Europeans agree “fighting climate change benefits the EU economy and jobs.”

Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 9.54.28 AMSome of the most interesting statistics came from the nations leading Europe into the energy transition. 93% of the Danish respondents agreed it is important, or very important, that their government “sets targets to increase the amount of renewable energy used, such as wind or solar power, by 2030?” The numbers were 93% in Spain, 88% in the UK, and 87% in Germany. The percentages of respondents who thought this was “not very important” were, respectively, 6%, 4%, 10% and 11%.

These numbers are similar to those from a poll taken in Germany earlier this year. Only 11% of the respondents described Energiewende as “bad, or very bad;” 57% said it is “very good” or “good.”

Expressions of support tended to be more qualified. Though 92% of the respondents agreed with Energiewende in principle, almost 2/3 of those felt “major corrections” are needed. This primarily focused on the cost to consumers and 88% agreed with the statement “I am generally in favour of the principles behind the Energiewende, but the costs for private consumers are too high.”

If similar questions had been asked on the Europe-wide survey, they probably would have encountered similar qualifications.

Conclusion

Overall, Europeans support the shift to a more renewable economy.

As Will Vooght, head of innovation for Good Energy, said of his company’s poll, “These stats indicate that opposition to renewable remains consistently low, showing it’s a vocal minority dictating (UK) policy – flying in the face of public support.”

Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 11.21.21 AM

This remains true as long as the energy transition is not too costly, in economic or personal terms.

In the meantime, Sonia Dunlop, spokesperson for the Solar Trade Association, is correct in insisting, “the (UK) Government take solar’s popularity into account when making key policy decisions on support for this sunshine technology over the next few months.”

Governments of nations that have yet to make substantial investments in renewables should also pay attention. The world’s economy is shifting to a more renewable-based one. If these technologies are this popular in the nations leading this development, they merit closer attention.

Photo Credit: BedZED was the UK’s largest eco-village (in 2007). The aim was to help residents and office workers reduce their ecological and carbon footprints to a sustainable, “one planet” level. The plans cover reducing energy use, providing renewable energy, minimising the embodied energy of the buildings, reducing fossil fuel miles and also tackling food, waste, water usage and flooding. Find out more at www.bioregional.com/bedzed by Tom Chance via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License); Support for adopting more renewables in Denmark, Spain, the UK & Germany using data from the graph on page 55, SPECIAL EUROBAROMETER 409 – adapted by Roy L Hales; Percentages Opposed to Renewables, from recent polls – by Roy L Hales


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Written By

is the President of Cortes Community Radio , CKTZ 89.5 FM, where he has hosted a half hour program since 2014, and editor of the Cortes Currents (formerly the ECOreport), a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of British Columbia. He writes for both writes for both Clean Technica and PlanetSave on Important Media. He is a research junkie who has written over 2,000 articles since he was first published in 1982. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Aviation

Originally published on Transport & Environment. By Eoin Bannon The UK is responsible for the THIRD highest amount of CO2 emissions from aviation globally...

Clean Power

The global LNG market is holding up for now, but Uniper's plans for a green ammonia and green hydrogen hub in Germany could shake...

Clean Transport

Originally published on Transport & Environment. By Eoin Bannon This press release is available in English, Italian, and Polish. Truck makers and environmentalists have joined forces...

Cars

The Spanish government will spend up to €800 million (~$950 million) until 2023 to push electric car sales, Reuters reports. Spain’s Energy Ministry made...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.