Levels of concern about climate change in in the United Kingdom (UK) 2020

According to a 2019 survey with UK residents, 76 percent had some concern about climate change. In comparison, 17 percent were not concerned, with 6 percent of those having no concerns at all. The survey was conducted by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of its Energy and Climate Public Attitudes Tracker.

Climate change causes

In the same BEIS survey, it was found that 30 percent of respondents believed climate change is mainly caused by human activity. 17 percent believed it is caused entirely by human activity, whilst 2 percent felt that there is no such thing as climate change.

Climate change is the term used for global weather phenomena which results in new weather patterns, increasing global temperatures. This term also includes the climate effects these increasing temperatures cause.

A move towards green energy

Since the turn of the century, the share of electricity generation from renewable sources has increased significantly, and by 2017 amounted to approximately 30 percent. In this same period the UK has seen its greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions decrease from 707.5 to 451.5 MtCO2e and 558.3 to 365.7 MtCO2e respectively.

How concerned, if at all, are you about current climate change, sometimes referred to as 'global warming'?

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Release date

May 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 2020

Number of respondents

1,851 respondents

Age group

Special properties

UK households

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

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