60 pct of Germans support transition to renewable energies: study

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  • Saturday, 15 Aug 2020

BERLIN, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Sixty percent of Germans supported the energy transition towards a supply from predominantly renewable energies, according to a study published by Germany's Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on Friday.

One of the "most striking results" with regard to the basic attitudes of the Germans was that "more and more people are clearly annoyed by the careless treatment of nature," the study found.

A majority of Germans, 63 percent, complained that so many people were treating nature carelessly. Back in 2017, the figure was only 47 percent, according to the study.

"The good news is that nature awareness is increasing among the population in Germany, particularly the appreciation of nature," said Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze when presenting the study in Berlin.

By 2030, the German government is aiming to increase to 65 percent the share of renewable energies in the electricity sector. At the end of 2019, the share of renewable energies in total gross electricity consumption in Germany was already at around 43 percent.

The expansion of solar energy was particularly popular among Germans. Fifty-eight percent were in favor of increasing solar installations on and around buildings, noted the survey conducted among more than 2,000 people at the end of 2019.

Offshore wind turbines were still supported by 37 percent while only 23 percent of Germans were in favor of onshore wind turbines, the survey found.

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