More and more Dutch people are open to the idea of installing turbines or solar parks in their municipalities. Resistance has declined due to the war in Ukraine and the impact of sanctions against Russia, according to the research agency Motivaction after a poll of more than a thousand Dutch people.
More than a third of Dutch people say they would like to see more solar parks (37%) and wind turbines (36%) in their municipality. Before the war in Ukraine, it was 29% and 26% respectively.
According to the Netherlands Association for Sustainable Energy (NVDE), which commissioned the research, support for sustainable energy projects has increased as a result of the war in Ukraine. Especially because the goal is to get rid of Russia’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Four out of 10 respondents consider investments in sustainable energy projects to be very important. Just under half of respondents favored sustainable energy production or energy-saving measures such as insulation.
The lion’s share of respondents (84%) worry about their own energy bill. Moreover, the transition to sustainable energy is not going fast enough for barely half of the respondents.
The question of whether gas extraction in Groningen should be increased again caused division. More than a third said yes. Almost as large a percentage oppose gas extraction in Groningen. Opponents are mainly in the north and east.