13 Aug 2021, 13:24
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Majority of Germans believe scientists’ climate change warnings are correct

Clean Energy Wire

The majority of Germans (74%) are prepared to make changes to their lifestyle to prevent global warming, a survey among 1,000 consumers commissioned by heating technology company Stiebel Eltron shows. Seventy-nine percent of participants said the climate change warnings by scientists are correct, and 83 percent said the goal of the energy transition to drastically reduce CO2 emissions is “important or very important”. However, when it comes to actual changes in their lifestyle decisions, such as flying, switching from combustion engine cars to e-cars, or exchanging old oil heating systems for new climate-friendly alternatives, only 13 percent said they had acted according to climate action demands. Sixty-four percent are in favour of a CO2 price that makes burning oil and gas more expensive in the heating sector, while 63 percent want to ban new oil heating systems and 53 percent are in favour of banning new gas heating systems.

The German public increasingly puts climate action at the top of its policy priorities and remains strongly in support of the transition to a low-carbon and nuclear-free economy. Nevertheless, opposition against energy transition and renewable infrastructure is a concern, and has led to a slow-down in the expansion of wind turbines and delays in the expansion of the power grid.

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