The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published a report today showing the results of a an online survey into public perceptions of climate change and net zero.
Broadly speaking, ‘net zero’ is supported, but most people think we’ll achieve that through energy efficiency.
Climate change was perceived to be affecting other countries more than respondents’ local area within the UK although half of respondents (50%) felt that their local area had been affected to ‘at least some extent’.
- Eighty-three percent of participants reported that climate change was a concern.
- Fourteen percent of participants perceived climate change as affecting their local area by ‘a great deal’ compared to 42% of UK participants perceiving climate change as affecting other countries by ‘a great deal’.
- Eighty-six percent of UK participants perceived other countries to be experiencing climate change effect to ‘at least some extent’.
- Around half (54%) of participants perceived their local area to be experiencing climate change effect to ‘at least some extent’.