03 Dec 2010 10:12:09
Majority of young Brits 'support renewable energy'
Young Brits overwhelmingly support the development of renewable energy in the UK, according to a report by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The report, due to be presented to the Youth Advisory Panel, is based on the opinions of 16 to 25 years olds who visited a variety of power generation facilities and spoke with industry experts and pressure groups.
Some 94 percent of those questioned described offshore wind as the "fairest" energy technology, with the same number expressing this opinion about solar power and 81 percent about onshore wind. Just 2.2 percent expressed their support for coal.
Energy and climate change minister Charles Hendry said the study offered a "fresh perspective" on energy policy in the UK.
Tom Youngman, a member of the youth panel from Eco-Schools, added: "While we may not be able to offer a new technological insight, the decision to pursue any particular technology will define our future."
The Centre for Alternative Technology recently claimed the UK could be powered entirely by renewables by the year 2030 and branded the government's efforts so far as "disappointing".