The energy transition is affecting people in their everyday lives across Germany – from the electricity supply to personal mobility – and it can only succeed if we work together. Surveys and deliberative formats offer a means to assess people’s opinions and values in relation to climate policy and action. Participation formats, on the other hand, give people the opportunity to actively contribute to transformation processes and learn more about their consequences.
Researchers with the Ariadne project analysed two different data sets. Participants in the citizens' conferences held in November 2021 were surveyed on the policy options under discussion ahead of and following each event. Parallel to this, a representative online panel survey gauged public opinion on these options as part of the research for the Social Sustainability Barometer. The social impacts of the various measures were also outlined to respondents in order to observe possible shifts in opinion due to the availability of this information.
The results of these innovative and complementary approaches will be incorporated into the Ariadne dialogue process and research, and will also shape the development of the next iteration of the Social Sustainability Barometer in 2023. Decision-makers in politics and public administration will be able to use the insights gained through the Ariadne deliberation processes to better consider the needs of citizens in relation to transformation processes impacting the electricity and transport systems.
Publication (available in German only):
Mareike Blum, Ingo Wolf, Jean-Henri Huttarsch, Martin Kowarsch (2023): Quo vadis Klimapolitik? Bürgerperspektiven auf Politikoptionen in Energie und Verkehr. Kopernikus-Projekt Ariadne, Potsdam.
Maria Bader, Communications Manager for Ariadne, bader [at] mcc-berlin [dot] net (bader[at]mcc-berlin[dot]net)