Current policies are widely seen as inadequate for delivering the UK Climate Change Act targets. But would the public be supportive of policies for making the necessary reductions in emissions and if so what policies would be acceptable to the public to achieve this?
In 2015 The Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and the Fleming Policy Centre ran a series of consultations with a range of stakeholders to find out the answers to these questions. We discovered that institutional representatives did not believe climate change is a salient issue for the UK public. Therefore it was assumed that any attempt to introduce radical policy changes would likely be resisted by the public and wider society. There was no broad support, by institutions or the public we spoke to, for giving the UK public greater involvement in emission reductions. This was seen as a role for governments, working with international partners to build strong agreements.