Renewable energy in Portsmouth: what influences public participation?

Cutler, Rachel (2006) Renewable energy in Portsmouth: what influences public participation? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The reliance of world energy consumption on fossil fuels has produced several major environmental and geopolitical concerns leading to considerable backing for expanding the contribution from of renewable sources of energy. The UK government's target of generating 10% of electricity from renewable resources by 2010, their emphasis on the critical importance of participation at the local level and Portsmouth City Council's currently limited progress, present the overall aim of investigating the potential for individual participation in order to expand renewable energy in Portsmouth. The theoretical context for the study is set within concepts of public understanding and action on environmental issues within a local to global context. A review of the trends and methods used in studies on renewable energy and the public opinion produced the specific objectives of determining the influences from awareness and attitudes of renewable energy, environmental concerns and socio-demographic factors on the willingness to participate in green tariff schemes or micro-renewable home installation. Data was collected by a questionnaire was carried out in two locations in Portsmouth using an extensive predominately quantitative approach. Chi-square and qualitative theme building analysis of results revealed that renewable resource types, age and housing tenure affected participation, while environmental concerns and a lack of knowledge were the most frequently cited incentive and barrier respectively for micro-generation. The lack of impacts from environmental concern reinforces the inconsistencies found in predicting environmental action. Support for renewable energy in Portsmouth is consistent with other regional UK studies and the levels of stated participation are comparatively higher than results found in London. It was concluded that although there is potential for individual contribution towards expansion of renewable energy in Portsmouth, awareness needs to be increased with recommendation of using the effect of demonstration via the use of solar panels.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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