UKERC researchers Professor Jim Watson and Professor Nick Pidgeon were invited onto the programme to discuss the key elements of the Energy Bill and public attitudes towards energy system change.
On the programme leading environmental psychologist Professor Nick Pidgeon, from Cardiff University, reveals how public attitudes towards energy system change are more positive than generally expected.
Discussing the preliminary findings from the UKERC research project ‘Transforming the UK Energy System: Public Values, Attitudes and Acceptability’, Professor Pidgeon explained that members of the public recognised a need for change in order to protect the environment, ensure the security of energy supply and move away from fossil fuel. Results show public attitudes were particularly favourable towards renewables as a means of delivering this change.
Setting the context for the draft Energy Bill, published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) this week, energy policy expert Professor Jim Watson explained how the current energy mix is still driven heavily by fossil fuels such as gas, coal and oil. At the moment only 3% of energy comes from renewables but this figure needs to rise to 15% by 2020 in order to meet current EU targets. He goes on to explain that the Energy bill focuses on electricity supply, as electricity is perceived to be the best way to help lower carbon emissions and aims to encourage investment into technologies such as CCS , nuclear and renewable energy.
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