According to a survey, a narrow majority of citizens are not worried that higher carbon prices could put too much financial strain on them. This is the result of a representative survey by the market research institute Kantar, the results of which are available to the German Press Agency.
According to this, 52 percent of those surveyed said they were not concerned about carbon dioxide prices, which also make fuel more expensive. On the other hand, 45 percent are concerned that the price would weigh too heavily on them. Two percent gave no information.
Since January 1, there has been a CO2 surcharge on oil and gas in the transport and building sectors. 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 gas pump or for heating. The price is currently 25 euros per tonne of CO2. It is expected to rise to 55 euros by 2025.
Preferential handling of the income
According to the survey, 59 percent stated that 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 income from the CO2 price flows back into the state budget and does not go directly back to the citizens, only a quarter of the respondents would support price increases.
When asked about the preferred way of dealing with the income from the CO2 price, 77 percent said 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 go down. Only a little more than half (51 percent) stated that they preferred a reimbursement to citizens via climate check to all other options. (dpa / mer)
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