Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week has produced some surprising numbers, from edie readers' views on nuclear power to the Government's planned part-privatisation of the Green Investment Bank.

The Government is planning to sell off a £1.4bn stake in the Green Investment Bank, just as the bank was hitting profitability. Although some green groups and politicians have claimed the Government is reneging on its commitment to the low-carbon sector, Business Secretary Sajid Javid says it will free up the bank’s future investments.

Another major talking point has been wind power, with RenewableUK’s annual offshore wind power conference and a series of announcements putting the UK’s offshore wind capacity past the 5GW mark for the first time.

Electric vehicles have been back on the agenda, with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s annual conference also taking place. In a series of reports, the group announced £10bn of investment will be needed to support low-carbon transport infrastructure if the UK is to hit its transport emissions targets by 2050.

The week has also seen renewed stats supporting a move in the UK towards a circular economy and reports from the development of the i360, a tourist attraction in Brighton aiming to set a global benchmark for sustainability.

Finally, hundreds of edie readers responded to our survey on nuclear power, with 85% suggesting they are in favour of the Government continuing to support nuclear energy.

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Matt Field and Brad Allen

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