Again increased interest for climate protection for the first time since 2009 / consumer majority reject higher costs for the expansion of renewable energies the public interest in the issue of climate protection is again increased for the first time since a year. The current index of the climate scoreboard GmbH published by the non-profit co2online, recorded for the fourth quarter of 2010 an increase from 55 to 73 points, remains but at a low level. Despite the 16th World Climate Change Conference in Cancun in December 2010, the climate protection reached not the publicity that had thrown the Copenhagen Conference in 2009. Renewable energy was a subject which rules the fourth quarter 2010 in many parts. Their development has been discussed in public especially in connection with the extension of nuclear power plants, as well as the price increase. The monthly surveys, the co2online within the framework of the climate scoreboard performs renewable energies therefore also confronted the topic. Asked about the main reason for the expansion renewable energies, the participants in favour of especially the independence from fossil fuels (39 percent) and for climate protection (36 percent).
However, the financing of the energy revolution is controversial for the majority of respondents: 55 percent believe the expansion should finance themselves without subsidies and not be charged to the consumer. Some contend that financial technology shows great expertise in this. Only 28 percent are prepared to go along with the expansion of renewable energies through an electric charge. The survey took place against the background of the increase of in electricity prices, that made the utilities with the increased cost of the so-called green electricity levy. When choosing a renewable energy source for the home, there is a clear favorite among people: the Sun. The clear majority would to install a solar thermal or photovoltaic (up 59 percent) to provide its budget with heat energy or electricity directly from its own roof.