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Become Aware and Take Care - Social Acceptance of Bioenergy in the Netherlands and Germany : A comparison between two countries on the basis of differing energy policies

Twyhues, P.T. (2020) Become Aware and Take Care - Social Acceptance of Bioenergy in the Netherlands and Germany : A comparison between two countries on the basis of differing energy policies.

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Abstract:The usage of fossil fuels leads to negative consequences in the future. One possible solution is bioenergy. However, bioenergy is not totally accepted in the Netherlands and Germany yet even though the public’s opinion is crucial. The Netherlands and Germany differ in their approaches towards the energy transition. Due to such differences, this study focuses on the level of social acceptance regarding bioenergy in the Netherlands and in Germany, but also how both levels of social acceptance differ in these two countries. For the purpose of this study, an online questionnaire was conducted. The answers of 234 participiants were analysed using the statistical software SPSS. The insights gathered from the survey suggest that, in Germany and the Netherlands, the knowledge level of bioenergy is relatively low but the attitude towards bioenergy is relatively positive. Regarding the differences between the two countries, German citizens turned out to have a higher environmental concern and to have a more positive attitude towards bioenergy. Based on the given results, it can be said that the knowledge level in both countries should be improved. Due to the further developed energy transition approach of Germany, German citizens are more aware of the current environmental situation and have a more positive opinion towards bioenergy.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81647
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