What determines people’s willingness to accept new climate change mitigation options?

Combating climate change poses a major challenge to governments, industry and society. Since international negotiations on emission reduction agreements have had limited success so far, governments have started considering, among other things, new options that may help to mitigate climate change. Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) and climate engineering (CE) are such options. Before testing or implementing any of these instruments, costs and benefits as well as the associated risks need to be evaluated. The project intends to broaden the scientific knowledge of the issue by obtaining comprehensive empirical evidence on the determinants of people’s willingness to accept these measures and to close an existing research gap focusing on Germany.

Duration:     2012-2015
Funding:     German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
Partner:     Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz