A poll released this ahead of the World Climate Day on Friday revealed that the British public has a keen concern regarding action to tackle climate change. The poll, carried out by Christian Aid illustrates a general consensus of concern and awareness of government policies with regards to matters concerning meeting climate change targets.
With the UK government passing the Energy Act and establishing the Department of Energy and Climate Change, they have taken important steps to both meet their climate change objectives and revitalise the economy through the nurturing of a new green economy. Certainly, with the European elections at the fore, many of the electorate are taking a much closer look at the green policies of prospective political parties. Indeed, the results of the survey were thus,
· 77 per cent believe the UK government ought to do more to reduce carbon emissions
· 57 per cent say a political party’s climate policies would influence how they vote
· 70 per cent want the UK government to take a leading role in international climate change negotiations
· 90 per cent have taken steps to reduce their own carbon emissions
With these results in mind, the importance of recent climate change legislation affecting the solar industry will be even more in focus. The feed-in tariff provisions set out in last years Energy Act will become a reality next year as a mechanism designed to kick start investment in the fledgling industry.
With the UK government going through a consultancy process to determine the optimum tariff structure to energise the much hyped green economy, the YouGov report findings such as those above will offer a stark reminder that the public are now fully aware of the importance of government action in determining the success or failure of the UK solar industry.