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Survey reveals general public unaware of renewables

A new report by Innasol shows that only one in five Brits believe the government is doing enough to tackle climate change.

Almost 45% state that they feel that the government is not doing enough.

Less than one in ten people know that heating is the UK’s main CO2 polluter, despite heating being the single largest use of energy in the UK.

The survey shows that the UK’s younger generations more fully understand that climate change is a serious issue for all of us with 22% more 16 – 24 years olds believing in climate change than those aged 55 and over.

Of the 2,050 people surveyed, 44% feel the government is not doing enough to tackle climate change and more than 40% say they would be more proactive about reducing their CO2 emissions if they were given financial incentives to do so.

This, when compared to the low uptake of the RHI scheme, shows a lack of knowledge about the financial incentive schemes on offer.

Innasol CEO and founder Silvio Spiess said: “The government’s RHI scheme encourages both businesses and homeowners to make the switch to renewable heating technologies.

“Unfortunately, our research has shown that the general public is still unaware of the benefits of renewable heat and the financial incentives on offer, despite the fact that it could save thousands of people money and help the UK meet the 2020 carbon targets.

“We would like to see a greater commitment from the government to put funds aside for the RHI scheme so more families and business owners can reap the benefits and reduce their CO2 emissions.”

The government’s Renewable Heat Incentive,which was extended this April to include domestic homes, was designed to increase the uptake of renewable heating solutions.

So far only 2,296 households have taken up the scheme. It comprises switching from burning fossil fuels to renewable heating systems such as biomass or heat pumps.

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