Poll – UK youth backs offshore wind

Greater Gabbard is one of a quartet of UK offshore projects that came on line last year

Greater Gabbard off eastern England

An opinion poll for the UK government found 16 to 24-year-olds are the strongest supporters of offshore wind, with 85% in favour of its development compared to 42% that backs fracking.

The Ipsos MORI survey, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, also showed 76% of adults of all ages favouring offshore wind.

When asked which technology has a positive effect on tackling climate change, 78% of young people cited offshore wind, compared to 60% of adults of all ages.

Industry body RenewableUK’s director of offshore renewables, Nick Medic, said of the offshore support: “This is an increasingly important technology for our future and it’s clear that the young people of Britain recognise this.”

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