Green energy's overwhelming backing revealed in largest ever global survey
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 Nov 2017
INWARD investor Ørsted’s desire to see the globe powered by renewables has the overwhelming backing of the public, results from the largest survey of attitudes ever conducted has revealed.
UK appetite for green generation also matches the world’s average, with 82 per cent favouring the switch.
The extensive survey by the company formerly known as Dong Energy, which is leading the offshore wind charge out of Grimsby, took in a cross-section of ages, political standpoints, education and geographies, with 26,000 people interviewed.
Henrik Poulsen, chief executive, said: “We’re at a tipping point. Green energy has become cheaper than black, and the newly released Green Energy Barometer shows overwhelming public support for a shift from black to green. We owe it to the planet and to future generations to transform our energy systems from black to green. And with the economics and public opinion now supporting a shift to renewable energy, there’s no reason not to speed up the transformation.”
It comes as The Crown Estate has revealed it is looking to lease more of the seabed for offshore wind development, as the company pushes on with Hornsea One and Hornsea Two, with Race Bank closing in on completion.
Earlier this month the Humber was described as 'truly at the heart' of the UK's industry as trade body RenewbleUK released a report focusing on the country's regions.
The UK analysis mirrors the global take, from the work conducted by Edelman Intelligence across 13 countries.
“Our vision is to help create a world that runs entirely on green energy, and this survey reveals that this ambition has overwhelming support, irrespective of age, nationality and political viewpoint,” UK managing director Matthew Wright said. “There is a pressing need to take green action and it is encouraging to see we are united in this goal. Renewable energy is green, independent and economically viable and, as demonstrated by the Green Energy Barometer, has public support from all demographics in the UK.
“The barriers have been removed; green energy is now cheaper than black, so we are in a better position than ever to take action against climate change.”
While climate change is the major driver, backing for renewables is also heavily rooted in economic benefits.
More than 70 per cent of those surveyed believe that it will boost economic growth and create new jobs if their respective countries were to build and produce more green energy.
Ørsted is creating 500 jobs in Grimsby in long-term operations and maintenance of the wind farm cluster, while also receiving blades from Hull’s Siemens Gamesa plant, where 850 people are now employed.
It is one of four developers to embrace the Humber, bringing a supply chain too, while opening up opportunities for local businesses.
In the past 10 years, the company has transformed from one of the most coal and oil-intensive European utilities to the greenest energy company in Europe. It has stopped using coal and sold its oil and gas production while building the world’s largest offshore wind business, making it now dedicated to green energy. During the last six years, Ørsted has helped reduce the cost of offshore wind power by 63 per cent and by 2023, it will have reduced its carbon emissions by 96 per cent compared to 2006.
Click here for the full Green Energy Barometer report.