Younger Brits back wind energy over fracking

The younger generation in Britain are among the strongest supporters of wind energy and the majority are against fracking. A new survey by Ipsos Mori found 85% of 16-24 year […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The younger generation in Britain are among the strongest supporters of wind energy and the majority are against fracking.

A new survey by Ipsos Mori found 85% of 16-24 year old support the development of offshore wind farms while less than half (47%) within the same age group are in favour of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and just 42% support fracking.

That’s in comparison to 76% of adults supporting offshore wind and 51% in favour of CCS.

The report also found 70% of younger people think offshore wind has a positive effect on the nation’s economy – compared to 58% of adults of all ages – whereas only 53% thought fracking would prove beneficial.

When asked about which technology would have a positive effect on tackling climate change, 78% of young people cited offshore wind – compared to 60% of adults of all ages – whereas only 25% aid fracking.

Nick Medic, RenewableUK’s Director of Offshore Renewables said: “It’s heartening to see fresh evidence of strong support for offshore wind energy among young people. This is an increasingly important technology for our future and it’s clear that the young people of Britain recognise this.

“As the UK is the world leader in this dynamic sector, the enthusiasm of this age group for offshore wind will help us to secure the enormous economic prize – something that young people were also positive about in this survey.”