Survey reveals that renewable energy is UK’s second favourite investment

A survey of 2,000 people has revealed that renewables are the British public’s second favourite investment choice behind property.

The Great British Money Survey carried out by One Poll reveals that 33% of those surveyed said that renewable energy would be their preferred investment area, behind property at 43%. Trailing renewable energy was traditional energy (oil, coal, gas) with 23%.

The results of the survey reflect the growing public acceptance of renewable energy, the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) most recent public attitude tracker shows that three quarters of people (76%) continue to support the use of renewable energy sources to generate the UK’s electricity.

The survey, identified that Brits value financial return; risk; transparency; environmental and ethical impact when deciding what to invest in. Indeed, 75% said that they would be unhappy if their money was invested in companies that damage the environment or are unethical.

In addition, the survey reveals an increasing appetite for renewable investment from the younger generation, with renewables beating the traditional investment stalwart property amongst 18 to 24 year olds. 

Interestingly, 68% of those surveyed said that an 8% return on a renewable investment would be attractive.