Climate change and the question of how the UK mitigates and adapts to the worst effects of global warming has become one of the top priority issues for voters in the UK in recent years. Whereas energy and climate change were peripheral themes at the 2017 General Election, all political parties had prominent commitments across these issues in their Manifestos ahead of the 2019 General Election. For many people, political support for the deployment of renewable and sustainable energy technologies – from solar panels to smart meters – has become a synonymous with political support for climate action. With the forthcoming implementation of ‘net zero’ policy and the UK hosting the global climate talks, COP26, later this year, public interest in renewable energy policy is likely to significantly increase in the coming months. To help Parliamentarians better understand public sentiment around renewables, energy efficiency measures and other sustainable energy technologies, PRASEG recently partnered with Savanta ComRes to look into public attitudes towards climate change and the energy sector. This paper sets out the findings of this research and compliments the more regular Public Attitudes Tracker published quartlery by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
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