A survey has indicated that there is considerable support in the UK for renewable energy, with some scepticism about increasing the UK’s dependence on fossil fuel.
According to a poll carried out by YouGov on behalf of Friends of the Earth, 85 per cent of respondents expressed support for increasing the role of renewable energy in powering Britain. Just two per cent, meanwhile, felt that increasing gas capacity was the best way forward.
“The public has given a clear vote of confidence to clean British energy from our wind, sun and sea – it makes no sense for the government to pursue an unwanted, costly dash for gas that's causing our fuel bills to rocket,” said Friends of the Earth policy and campaigns director Craig Bennett.
The survey came as Friends of the Earth launched a new campaign urging the government to strengthen its commitment to renewable energy. At present, just 9.5 per cent of Britain’s energy is derived from renewable sources such as wind, solar and tidal energy.
However, prime minister David Cameron announced this week that he would not make a scheduled speech at the Clean Energy Ministerial Summit on Thursday.