German energy leaders hesitant to adopt green energy

Decision makers in Germany’s energy sector support the move to a low carbon system but are hesitant to implement measures themselves. That’s according to renewable energy firm BayWa r.e. which […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Decision makers in Germany’s energy sector support the move to a low carbon system but are hesitant to implement measures themselves.

That’s according to renewable energy firm BayWa r.e. which surveyed 1,000 decision makers about their attitudes regarding energy policy issues and their willingness to invest in clean gas and electricity.

Although 82% said companies had a duty to support the low carbon energy revolution, only 35% were employed in companies that use green energy and only 12% in companies that have already invested in energy efficiency measures.

This is despite 80% of respondents being convinced companies which use renewable energy have an image advantage and with 55% believing they are more attractive to future employees if they do so.

Only 5% of companies in the country are actually fully supplied with power from renewable sources.

However, 35% of respondents reported their company already use renewable energy in some way and another third are planning to adopt the it within the next five years.

A third were not planning any change at the time of the survey, with 51% citing high costs as the main barrier to getting involved.

Dr Volker Quaschning, Energy Expert at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, said: “For just over half of the decision-makers surveyed, the energy revolution and climate protection are obviously a non-issue.

“These figures show that the complete decarbonisation of Germany is still a long way off.”

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