Poll: worried about carbon prices?

Released on 19.09. 2021

  • Only around half of citizens are concerned about higher CO2 prices. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte

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As a contribution to climate protection, oil and gas have been subject to a CO2 surcharge since January. The population is divided over whether it is too much of a financial burden.

Berlin (dpa) – According to a survey, a narrow majority of citizens are not worried that higher CO2 prices could burden them financially. This is the result of a representative survey by the market research institute Kantar, the results of which are available to the dpa.

Accordingly, 52 percent of those surveyed say they are not concerned about carbon dioxide prices, which also make fuel more expensive. On the other hand, 25 percent worry that the price would weigh too heavily on them. Two percent did not provide any information.

Contribution to climate protection

Since January 1, there has been a CO2 surcharge in the transport and building sectors on oil and gas. As a contribution to climate protection, this is intended to make the use of fossil fuels less attractive, but also means higher prices for consumers, for example at the petrol pump or for heating. Currently the price is 25 euros per ton of CO2. Until 2025 it should be on 55 euros rise.

59 percent gave According to the survey, they would agree to higher CO2 prices if a direct compensation were created – for example through repayment to citizens per capita (“climate check”). If the revenues from the CO2 price flow back into the state budget and not go back directly to the citizens, only a quarter of the respondents would support price increases.

When asked about the preferred way of dealing with Income from the CO2 price indicated 75 percent that the money should flow into climate-friendly investments, for example in the expansion of renewable energies or in building renovation. Three quarters of the respondents (75 percent would like the electricity prices to fall. Only a little more than half (45 percent stated that they would all be reimbursed to the citizens by climate check preferable to other options.

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