The ambitions to make the UK a leader of sustainability on the international stage has been met with great support from both the public and professional sectors. With a carbon net-zero target set for 2050, there is a clear determination to improve our environmental footprint across the nation.
[ClickPress, Tue Apr 20 2021] Every year, more energy is sourced from greener alternatives and more electric vehicles appear on our streets. Meanwhile, we continue our journey to find more ethical and sustainable ways to continue our lives.
New data from Flogas shows how the motivation for a greener future is growing, especially in the UK's major cities. The company that helps homes and businesses as they embark on an oil to gas conversion has analysed Google searches in the UK, tracking 167 sustainable search terms in the 20 largest cities. Search terms included 'electric cars', 'green energy', and 'carbon footprint'.
Comparing searches from February 2020 with search scores from January 2021, we can see how our interest in sustainability has changed in the past year alone. Even more, by reviewing localised searches, we can determine in which UK major city this green revolution is growing the quickest or where it may be shrinking.
Across the UK, on average, searches for sustainable key terms have increased. In February 2020, people in the UK searched for sustainable search terms 507,510 times. By January 2021, this number had increased to 703,580. The dramatic rise in searches represents an increase of 39 per cent, demonstrating a growing number of sustainability seekers in the UK.
Some search terms saw a dramatic increase in searches over the year, demonstrating a motivation to make more green choices. Searches for 'switch to green' increased by 400 per cent between 2020 and 2021. Meanwhile, searches for 'full electric cars UK' increased by 243 per cent.
This demonstrates a clear ambition for many people to find more sustainable energy providers and a growing interest in electric vehicles.
Interestingly, some sustainable living terms have reduced their interest in the past year. Searches for 'grow your own vegetables' have fallen by 80 per cent, while 'self sufficient living' fell by 76 per cent since January 2020.
This may indicate that people are diverting attention away from more arduous sustainable activities and towards devices and utilities that can make a difference for their carbon footprint - one such activity is known as carbon offsetting. Coincidentally, searches for 'what's my carbon footprint' increased by 86 per cent in the past year, showing that more people want to see their personal impact on climate change.