In numbers: Public attitudes and pollution impacts of the coronavirus lockdown in the UK

A survey has explored how public attitudes towards sustainable living have changed during the UK's Covid-19 lockdown, while separate analysis has examined the potential carbon reductions that a 12-week lockdown would generate in the UK.


In numbers: Public attitudes and pollution impacts of the coronavirus lockdown in the UK

The studies explored public attitudes to living more sustainable during lockdown and potential emissions savings 

During a previous “in numbers” piece, edie outlined the short-term impacts that the global lockdown and slowdown of production had delivered in terms of energy usage, falling emissions and impacts on the coal and renewables sectors.

Now, new analysis from energy saving consultants The Eco Experts has explored the potential impact of the lockdown on UK carbon emissions and pollution levels.

The analysis is based on social distancing measures if they were locked in for 12 weeks from the original lockdown announced in March. According to the analysis, which mixes media reports with the consultancy’s own findings, emissions would be drastically reduced across public transport, air travel and energy usage.

At the same time, a survey of 1,00 UK adults by environmental start-up, The Eco Friendly Living Co has examined public attitudes towards sustainable living in response to restrictions posed by the lockdown. The survey outlined the following attitude trends:

Matt Mace

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