Major new survey to measure UK’s green economy

A major new survey that aims to find out the contribution of low carbon and green energy to the UK economy has been launched. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A major new survey that aims to find out the contribution of low carbon and green energy to the UK economy has been launched.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will send out the ‘Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economic Survey’ to 40,000 businesses, including those involved in energy production, manufacturing, construction and waste production.

It is hoped the survey will give an insight into understanding how the UK economy is responding to the development of new green energy industries.

Glenn Everett, Director of the Measuring National Well-being programme said: “The use of green energy is rising and is now around six times higher than it was two decades ago. ONS’ mission is to create the most comprehensive picture of the UK economy so it’s important to measure the impact this growing sector is having.”

Statistics from DECC reveal 9.6 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) of energy was used from renewable and waste sources in 2012 – 4.5% of total energy consumption in the UK.

The results are expected to be published by the end of the year.