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30 Mar 2023, 13:30
Julian Wettengel

Three-quarters of Germans dissatisfied with energy transition progress – survey

Clean Energy Wire

73 percent of participants in a German online survey said they are dissatisfied with the progress of the country's landmark energy transition. Most (77%) see too much bureaucracy as a key hurdle to the transition, while about half of respondents named high investment needs, lobby group opposition (for example against wind parks), and a lack of infrastructure. In the representative online survey commissioned by energy storage company Tesvolt, pollster forsa asked 1,021 German adults in early March about their views on energy transition issues (headline question: “The goal of the "energy transition" is to convert the energy supply as far as possible to renewable energy. How satisfied are you with the progress of the energy transition in Germany so far?”). “The survey results show that the expansion of renewable energy is wanted by the population,” said Tesvolt co-founder Simon Schandert. “The citizens are also willing to invest their own money into this.” More than half of respondents said they would be willing to pay significantly more (10%) or somewhat more (45%) to contribute more to the energy transition than they have so far.

The German public is putting 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. The picture across Europe is more diverse, although climate has become a top issue almost everywhere.

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