Increasing dissatisfaction with implementation of energy transition in Germany

For the second time since 2017, the Potsdam- (Germany) based Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) has presented a »Social Sustainability Barometer« of the German »Energiewende« (energy transition). The study was conducted as part of the »dynamis« partnership together with the »100 percent renewable Foundation« and the innogy Foundation for Energy and Society.
Key results are among others: 90 percent of the population support the energy transition, two percentage points more than in the 2017 survey. 80 percent see the energy transition as a joint task to which they personally want to contribute – a slight increase (five percent) compared to the previous year.
At the same time, criticism of the implementation of the energy transition has increased significantly. A majority of 47 percent of respondents rated the status of the energy transition as negative; an increase of 14 percentage points compared to the previous year, when a positive assessment prevailed. 61 percent are dissatisfied with the German government’s policy with regard to implementing the energy transition – an increase of twelve percentage points compared to 2017.

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