A majority of people in the UK say the climate crisis will influence how they vote in the looming general election, according to an opinion poll, with younger voters feeling particularly strongly about the issue. Almost two-thirds of people agreed the climate emergency was the biggest issue facing humankind, with 7% disagreeing. The poll also asked if “fossil fuel companies, whose products contribute directly to climate change, should help pay for the tens of billions in damages from extreme weather events?” Two-thirds of people agreed, with 12% opposed. In terms of action to tackle the climate emergency, 81% of people backed planting more trees, 63% supported a Green New Deal – a large-scale, long-term investment in green infrastructure and jobs – and more than half said it was important to ban fracking. Jonathan Church at the environmental law firm ClientEarth, which commissioned the poll conducted by Opinium, said: “From the student strikes to Extinction Rebellion, people across the UK are demanding greater action to address the climate crisis.
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When Theresa May legislated for the UK to reach net zero by 2050, some people thought this was a last gasp from an outgoing prime minister with an eye on her legacy. Not me. At ScottishPower, we welcomed the target as the first step towards setting the UK on a clear and unambiguous course of action to cut carbon emissions. If you’re going to hit a target – as every business in the country knows – you need a plan. Climate change is the defining challenge of our time – and we need to start now to plan the practical steps that will deliver the fundamental shift away from fossil fuels. In a few short years, our roads will look very different, with electric cars and buses dominating daily commutes. The way we heat our homes will change as well, as gas is phased out in favour of heat pumps. These changes to transport and heating will place huge demands on our energy networks – and we need to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to anticipate these dramatic changes. Meeting the challenge will require new ways of working from us all. Rather than impose changes on local communities, we need to give them a stronger voice on how the low carbon transition can be achieved in their area. Communities across the UK have their own unique needs and there’s no “one size fits all” approach. With the 2050 target, it seems to me that politics is catching up with the scientific consensus and the public mood. But if the Government is serious about reaching the target, it needs to make sure energy regulations are updated to match our green ambitions. At ScottishPower, we have launched our Zero Carbon Communities campaign, which provides a detailed road map of how local communities can play their part in reaching net zero, backed by independent research to outline the scale of the challenge. It shows that 25 million electric vehicle charging points and 23 million heat pumps need to be installed across the UK to make sure we hit the target. As one of the UK’s leading renewables developers, and only energy company to operate electricity networks in England, Scotland and Wales, we can see coming towards us the need to invest to support these shifts. To do this cost-effectively, it makes sense to plan for these future needs in a managed and strategic way, and invest ahead of time so that we’re not caught out.
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