Popular support for renewable energy in Scotland rises by 15%

The SNP is blowing its renewable energy trumpet
The SNP is blowing its renewable energy trumpet

A growing number of people in Scotland want to see more action on climate change, according to a poll.

Results from a survey by WWF Scotland show an increase in the percentage of those calling for more investment, renewable energy sources and a reduction in emissions.

More than three-quarters (76%) of respondents said the Scottish government should reduce climate change emissions by “investing more in improving the energy efficiency of homes across Scotland”, up from 67% in 2016.

And 71% thought electricity should be generated from Scotland’s renewable resources, up from 61% in 2016: this is annual increase of 14.5%

The data comes as a new Scottish Climate Change Bill is out for public consultation

The SNP claimed the poll results show popular support for its governing party’s environmental and energy policies.

Gillian Martin, the party’s MSP for Aberdeenshire East, said: “Since 2010, the Tories have cut subsidies for new renewable projects, scrapped proposals for a £1 billion Carbon Capture and Storage Scheme at Peterhead, and are set to drag the UK out of the EU with absolutely no guarantees over future environmental protections – despite the impending global climate crisis.

“In contrast, the SNP has stood up for Scotland’s renewable energy sector and made Scotland a world-leader in tackling climate change by investing in renewable technology such as wind, wave, solar and tidal, to help meet Scotland’s energy needs.

“Scotland needs a strong renewables sector – and the public agree. The Tories must do more to ensure that the funding is in place to support this vital industry, which not only creates jobs but will be instrumental in our efforts to combat climate change.”

1 Aug 2017

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