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85% of UK young back offshore

Some 85% of 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK support offshore wind, according to a poll.

The Ipsos MORI survey, commissioned by BIS and the Economic and Social Research Council, found younger people are generally more supportive of the sector than adults of all ages (76%).

Some 70% of the 16 to 24 age group also said they thought offshore wind has a positive effect on the economy compared with 58% of all adults.

When asked if the technology can help tackle climate change, 78% of young people agreed compared with 60% of all adults.

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

“It’s partly to do with open-mindedness and better levels of awareness among young people. They view old-school fossil fuels less favourably than renewables and they’re right to do so.”

Image: most 16 to 24-year-olds think offshore wind benefits UK economy (reNews)

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