Climate policy polarizes the population. Differences in goals & preferred energy sources
A probabilistic classification identifies three population groups:
- 41.1 percent support the climate policy
- 37.5 percent reject climate policy
- 21.4 percent tend to adopt a neutral stance.
There are differences in the overarching goal that climate policy in Germany should pursue as a priority for four of the seven goals suggested in the interview: 'Climate neutrality as quickly as possible' and 'Achievement of the 1.5° goal' [vs.] 'Security of energy supply' and 'Affordability'.
Renewable energies are very popular among the population, but nuclear power is also well received. "From which sources should Germany cover its energy needs in the future?" The three most common mentions in the three population groups compared:
- Wind power (36.7%), solar power (33.2%), hydroelectric power (12.2%)
- Nuclear power (26.2%), wind power (22.1%), solar power (17.2%)
- Wind power (35.4%), solar power (25.0%), hydroelectric power (11.5%)
- Climate protection must be affordable, practicable, compatible with environmental protection and must not jeopardize a secure energy supply.
- Bremen's schedule for climate neutrality and credit-financed climate protection projects meet with both approval and rejection among the population
- This question polarizes: impose strict climate protection goals on yourself, even if other countries do not follow suit?
- Heating not only with electricity and heat pumps, but also with hydrogen from renewable sources in the future.
- The idea of securing power grids using digital control technology has met with both positive and negative responses from the general public.
- A large majority is in favor of expanding the energy supply in such a way that it also secures the high electricity demand for further digitization
You can find the PDF file for these and other results of the "Views & Insights on Climate Policy" survey here on this website
Topics of the survey:
Climate policy in the two-city state of Bremen
- Climate neutrality schedule
- Credit-financed climate protection
- Heat supply models
- Mobility and transport, transport projects
Climate policy in Germany
- Overarching goals for climate protection
- Renewable energies: general and local acceptance
- Compatibility of climate protection and environmental/nature conservation
- Financial aspects
- Climate-neutral vs. secure energy supply
- Digital power supply control techniques
- Electricity requirements for digital technologies
Responsibility for climate protection
- sense of responsibility
- Room for maneuver
- Climate protection goals and CO2 savings potential