According to polls taken ahead of the upcoming General Election in May, nearly 80 percent of Scottish adults want the next UK government to continue supporting the development of renewable energy. In addition, approximately two-thirds of the survey participants want policies that help cut emissions and tackle climate change.
Scottish Renewables’ director of policy Jenny Hogan observes, “These poll results illustrate the strength of support for renewables among Scotland’s electorate. It is the only energy option that a majority of potential Scots voters say they would support. I believe this survey reflects the fact that most people in Scotland accept we must continue to change the way we power and heat our homes and businesses in order to tackle climate change. Renewable electricity generation in Scotland has doubled in recent years, and we hope that all the main political parties will continue to back the growth of our sector after May’s General Election, which certainly looks like the wish of potential Scottish voters.”
The support for renewables is significantly greater than support for fracking (26 percent), nuclear energy (45 percent), or fossil fuels (49 percent).
Hogan adds: “Scottish Renewables has always campaigned for the development of renewable energy as part of a wider and balanced energy mix, but it is clear that there is limited support amongst the public for new gas, coal or nuclear power stations, and even less for the use of fracking to access onshore oil and gas reserves.”
The independent survey was commissioned by Scottish Renewables.