POLIMP - 1st POLIMP Policy Brief on Public Acceptance

1st POLIMP Policy Brief on Public Acceptance

11 April 2014, Categories Policy Brief Series

Large-scale GHG emission reductions are feasible to attain, both technically and economically. The consideration of the social aspects that influence the acceptance of climate-friendly technologies and measures is essential as a lack of public acceptance may delay or halt the exploitation of these opportunities.

The following five elements are thought to determine the level of public acceptance of clean technologies: awareness of climate change and knowledge of clean technologies; fairness of the decision-making process; the overall evaluation of costs, risks and benefits; the local context; and trust in decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders.

A clear strategy should be used to gain public acceptance of clean technologies and avoid (large-scale) public resistance. This applies both to the level of individual projects, where developers and the government should consider all five elements of acceptance, and to higher policy-making levels, where awareness and fairness, in particular, should be taken into account.

Within the above framework, the 1st POLIMP Policy Brief on Public Acceptance "Acceleration of Clean Technology Deployment within the EU: the Role of Public Acceptance" has been published. Moreover and related to the 1st POLIMP Policy Brief a Background Paper has also been issued, in order to provide additional information, case studies and references on the elements of public acceptance of clean technology.

 

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1st POLIMP Policy Brief on Public Acceptance

Background paper on the 1st POLIMP Policy Brief