British public looking forward to a Green Deal replacement

Up to 84% of the British public would like to see subsidies given to programmes that reduce energy waste, similar to the now defunct Green Deal, according to a new poll by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).

The ComRes poll of more than 2,000 British adults found that 79% currently support subsidies insulating homes and 77% support subsidies for measures that cut energy waste in power transmission. Combined, subsidy support for these policies reached 84%.

Today’s ECIU figures also reiterate the UK public’s support for renewable subsidies over fossil fuels and nuclear.

Up to 75% of respondents back payments for renewables, with minimal support for coal (23%), gas (31%) or nuclear power (33%).

The findings highlight the case for the Government to develop a new strategy on energy efficiency, according to ECIU director Richard Black.

“Cutting waste is the cheapest and easiest way to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions, and this survey suggests it’s also the most popular,” he said.

“With insulation rates falling to their lowest level since 2013 there’s a clear rationale for ministers re-invigorating policies that cut energy waste, and one obvious approach would be to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority.”

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