Majority of Dutch voters state that in 10 years time half of the energy supplu should be generated in a sustainable manner
More than two-thirds of the Dutch population states that, in 10 years time, half the energy supply should be generated in a sustainable manner. This mainly applies to GroenLinks, PvdA and D66 voters, but is it is also the wish of 63% of the people who vote PVV. This conflicts with the current cabinet policy that is based on 14% sustainably generated energy in 2020. This is shown by a study that research company Ipsos Synovate recently conducted for Eneco.
At present, the Netherlands has great difficulty to reach the target of 14% sustainable energy. Furthermore, the election programmes show that there is little political will to increase this ambition. Both left-wing and right-wing voters on the other hand, now do indicate that their ambitions with regard to sustainable energy are quite high.
About 5% of all respondents are not interested in a higher target for sustainable energy generation. CDA voters are the most hesitant in this respect; they account for 14% of the critics who are opposed to increasing the cabinet's target.
CDA voters are also least interested in joining initiatives for local energy generation together with other people in, for example, the same neighbourhood or housing complex. Only about 30% of them shows enthusiasm for such initiatives, while the average lies at 46%. GroenLinks voter also stand out with regard to this aspect: three quarters of them would like to join such a local initiative.
In its study conducted for Eneco between 7 and 10 August 2012, research company Ipsos Synovate interviewed 1,105 Dutch people about their willingness to generate their own sustainable electricity. The study is part of the Eneco Energy Barometer study that Eneco regularly conducts to ask the opinion of consumers and businesses.