Majority of public back 2030 zero carbon target

A YouGov poll has revealed that the majority of the UK public and almost half of Conservative voters back the total decarbonisation of the UK economy by 2030.

The poll indicates that 56 per cent of people back the total decarbonisation of the UK economy by 2030, 20 years before the government’s target, and just under half support public spending to make large swathes of public transport free to use.

Interestingly, it also showed that 47 per cent of Conservative voters back a zero-emissions target by 2030, compared with just 16 per cent who support the government’s current aim of reaching that point by 2050. The zero carbon by 2030 target is part of Labour’s energy and climate pledge.

Although Brexit is likely to dominate a lot of election discussions, some experts argue that the findings further show that December’s vote was becoming the UK’s first ‘climate election’.