Generating greener energy
Community energy generation, which is energy generated by a community for the use of that community, has huge potential in helping the UK to reach net-zero.
However, our research found that there is a long way to go. Currently 81% of people do not generate energy or power in their local community and 84% don’t have any way of generating energy in their homes.
44% said that it would be too expensive for them to do so.
10% of respondents said they do generate energy from solar panels at home, while 11% generate solar energy in their community. Again, household income has an impact. Half of respondents who earn over £150,001 a year have solar panels installed, while 21% who earn between £50, 271 and £150,001 do not. However, this number is especially low for people who live in Liverpool, where only 5% of residents have solar panels installed in their home.
Wind turbines and hydro turbines were the least popular options as a source of energy in their own households and in local communities.
There’s a big discrepancy across income when it comes to willingness to switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle – suggesting affordability is a big factor in the decision. Two fifths (41%) of those earning up to £12,571 have or will make this change, compared to 89% of those earning over £150,001
The road to net zero requires significant financial investment and a shift in consumer attitudes. As the findings suggest, although there are factors that affect consumer decisions, most are still willing to make lifestyle changes to reach the government’s goal of creating a carbon neutral economy.
At Capita, we’re committed to reorientating our business towards net zero as part of our drive to be a purpose-led, responsible business, and are well under way in defining our pathway towards becoming net zero. Our approach to climate change focuses on decarbonising our operations and tackling climate change with our clients and partners.
In 2021, we’ve been developing our ambition and financial plan to achieve net zero as soon as possible, aligning our pathway to the forthcoming Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) global standard for corporate net-zero targets. Alongside this, we are strengthening our assessment of climate risk against our corporate strategy and financial position – building plans and an understanding of the costs to manage and mitigate the risks.
Research was undertaken between 8th - 15th June 2021 by Opinium Research. Sample: 3,004 UK adults.