Eurobarometer: High Fuel Prices Not Sufficient Incentive for Widespread Consumer Change
28 January 2006
|Only slightly more than 50% would use their cars less if fuel prices hit €2/liter ($9.18/gallon)|
A European Commission survey of 24,930 consumers in the 25 Member States as well as the acceding and candidate countries determined that 77% of citizens pay attention to the energy consumed by cars (59% paying “a lot of attention”).
However, faced with a hypothetical price increase of fuel to €2/liter—that’s $9.18/gallon for those of us in the US—only 53% said they would use their cars less. Of that 53%, only 22% said they would use their cars “a lot less often.”
Given the findings on car use, the survey analysis concludes:
Other active policies are necessary to promote the use of alternative means of transport.
In July 2005, the European Commission launched a four-year campaign to raise public awareness on sustainable energy. The EC organized this Eurobarometer survey as a way to better understand the position of consumers on the energy situation.
At the top level, the survey found that while the development of renewable energies is favored by large blocks (48% supporting a focus on solar, 31% supporting a focus on wind), a majority of people (54%) are not yet ready to pay more.
Forty-seven percent of the respondents think that energy policy should be addressed at the European level, while 37% think it should be handled at the national level.
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