Polling carried out by Survation (commissioned by Autonomy) reveals strong support for green energy investment amongst UK councillors, including across political divides.
The full question in the polling from Survation was:
Q1. Which of the following energy sources do you think the government should
prioritise investment for?
Survation surveyed over 700 councillors across all the major political parties including 245 Conservative councillors and 217 Labour councillors.
The results of the polling show that:
- 88% of councillors think the Government should prioritise investment for offshore wind turbines including 79% of Conservative councillors. 72% support investment for onshore wind turbines.
- 86% of councillors think the Government should priorities investment for solar panels including 74% of Conservative councillors.
- In comparison, only 38% of councillors think the Government should prioritise investment for oil extracted from the North Sea and only 23% for gas from fracking.
The polling shows that the political will exists across Local Government for investment in renewable energy and that there is a rejection of more polluting industries such as oil and gas. The independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) has warned that the Government’s delivery of their climate plans has been insufficient with the UK off track to meet our net zero targets.