Energy and environmental attitudes in the green state of Denmark: implications for energy democracy, low carbon transitions, and energy literacy

Sovacool, Benjamin K and Blyth, Pascale L (2015) Energy and environmental attitudes in the green state of Denmark: implications for energy democracy, low carbon transitions, and energy literacy. Environmental Science & Policy, 54. pp. 304-315. ISSN 1462-9011

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Abstract

This article investigates how a mix of energy-users from Denmark perceives energy and environmental issues such as the affordability of electricity and gasoline, the seriousness of climate change, and preferences for different energy systems. Its primary source of data is a pilot survey and energy literacy test distributed in English and Danish to 328 respondents spread across the country. The survey results are used to test four propositions about energy prices, being “green,” public knowledge and competence about energy issues, and self-sufficiency and sustainable technology. The data supports the propositions that Danes identify with “being green” and prefer national and local policies that endorse sustainable technology and being self-sufficient. However, the data also challenges the propositions that Danes would prioritize low energy prices and affordability as key energy concerns and that they are knowledgeable about energy and environmental issues. In this way, a problematic gap may exist between what many academic articles (and previous surveys) report Danish attitudes to be and what this study suggests they are. Given Denmark's ambitious low-carbon goals, these findings have clear relevance to other communities and countries seeking to decarbonize their own energy sectors.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2016 08:40
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 09:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58440
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