Home sweet home, thanks to gas
26 February 2016
We know that as the Natural Gas Coalition we might be slightly more excited than most about gas. However, recent research exploring the population’s awareness of gas in our everyday life highlighted that we need to do a better job getting others excited about gas too. The research completed by Comres found that almost all (95%) of the population underestimated the proportion of household heating provided by gas, and half (51%) didn’t realise gas is an ingredient in everyday items including polyester, mascara, shampoo, mobile phones, painkillers and toothpaste.
For this reason, the Natural Gas Coalition has analysed the make-up of our homes to understand just how important gas is. This infographic highlights that it really is a part of almost everything we consider ‘every day,’ from the sofas we sit on, the insulation keeping our houses warm, in our toothbrushes, even aspirin.
We hope by showing how gas impacts on everyone’s lives we can encourage an appreciation of its importance. By doing so, we hope to encourage acceptance of the need for the UK to produce its own gas, including shale gas produced by hydraulic fracturing. Already more than half of the UK population – 55% – wants to prioritise gas produced in the UK, including shale gas produced by hydraulic fracturing, over energy imported from overseas.
Zoe Ward Waring / Aaron Hackett
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Notes to editors
ComRes interviewed 2,007 GB adults online between the 27th and 29th November 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
Gas demand figures, compared with the seasonal norm, sourced from National Grid “Prevailing View” on 20 January 2016. See http://marketinformation.natgrid.co.uk/gas/frmPrevalingView.aspx.
On 20 January 2016, actual gas demand was 353 million cubic metres, compared with a seasonal normal demand of 289 million cubic metres, an increase of 22%.
About the Natural Gas Coalition
The Natural Gas Coalition is the following associations which have joined forces to call for a much needed national dialogue about gas uses and supply in the UK. They represent both users and producers of gas, and together represent large and small businesses supporting more than 2 million jobs across the country:
• Chemical Industries Association
• EEF the Manufacturers’ Organisation
• Energy Intensive Users Group
• Oil & Gas UK
• United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas
• Onshore Energy Services Group
• Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce