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PO043: Scaling up the renewable sector: Are climate concerns shaping social acceptance of renewables?

Orlando San Martin, Head of Sustainability, Europe, Statkraft


This investigation aims to reveal how climate awareness influences social acceptance of renewable energy projects in selected European countries. The results of this investigation might be considered during the planning and development of renewable energy projects and contribute to promoting social acceptance of the renewable energy developments needed to mitigate climate change and achieve the agreed targets. Lack of social acceptance continues to impede plans for expanded deployment of renewable energy facilities in Europe [1] [2] [3] [4]. The lack of social acceptance is often seen as a major obstacle to achieving the renewable energy deployment rates needed to reach climate mitigation targets [5] [6] [7]. A better understanding of the social acceptance drivers might contribute to target efforts and initiatives when engaging with stakeholders. There is extensive literature on the social acceptance of wind power [8]. Wüstenhagen et al. [9] define three dimensions of public acceptance. The three dimensions or acceptance categories are labeled: socio-political acceptance, market acceptance, and community acceptance. This investigation assesses the relationship between climate awareness and these three dimensions of social acceptance. The objective of this paper is to characterize how climate awareness is an important driver for social acceptance of renewable energy developments. Using an econometric model, we identify how climate awareness influences social acceptance of renewable energy developments using primary data sources from a comprehensive opinion survey. The opinion survey -conducted in 2022- contains more than 18,000 observations from 9 European countries. This paper describes the social acceptance of renewable energy -in 9 different countries- and discusses the role of climate awareness in shaping social acceptance levels.

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