While the majority of Britons see climate change as a major threat that both individuals and the government have a responsibility to tackle, many remain unaware of some of the most effective means of cutting carbon emissions from their daily lives, a major new survey suggests. Research carried out by the Energy Systems Catapult in January saw the agency ask over 2,000 British adults for their views on climate change, low carbon technologies, and behaviours in heating, diet and transport as part of its ‘Innovating to Net Zero’ project to model potential pathways to 2050. Published late last week, the survey results show 75 per cent of people regards climate change a big problem, with 84 per cent believing the government should do something to tackle the issue and 77 per cent claiming individuals should take some responsibility. But when quizzed on which activities they thought produced the most emissions, there was far less clarity from respondents, the innovation research body found. While 77 per cent said transport produced climate changing emissions and 67 per cent pointed to air travel, less than half highlighted the role of agriculture and gas central heating despite these being major contributors to the UK’s greenhouse gases. The lack of awareness of emissions sources also appears to inform the actions people are taking to curb their environmental impacts. For example, while 86 per cent said they aimed to recycle everything they could and 71 per cent said they were trying to cut down on single-use plastics, far fewer – less than three per cent – had taken more effective actions to cut emissions such as switching to a battery powered vehicle or a low carbon heating system, the research found.
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