Energy Mix in Germany

Gas and nuclear energy accepted as a temporary solution

Due to developments in the energy market, the question of what energy mix Germans prefer until energy demand can be met by renewable energy is being raised again. The hierarchy is clear. Half of the Germans consider gas suitable for intermediate use. In the case of nuclear energy, 44% advocate its use until renewable energies can cover energy demand. Coal, on the other hand, is considered suitable for intermediate use by only a minority. 25% believe that coal should be used more or equally in the future.

In a representative survey on the use of energy in Germany, Germans give first preference to gas and second to nuclear energy. Until energy demand can be met by renewable energy, Germans prefer gas for the time being. Gas is seen as suitable for interim use by half of Germans. When it comes to nuclear energy, 44 percent support its use until renewable energy can meet energy demand. Coal, on the other hand, is only considered suitable for interim use by a minority of 25 percent. 

Even after the Russian attack on Ukraine, the Germans are most afraid of global climate change through global warming. 64 percent mention to be “afraid” or to be “very afraid”. 54 percent expect fundamental deterioration due to the effects of climate change for Germany. The respondents suppose less fundamental deteriorations for themselves caused by the effects of climate change.

Read all the results of the survey in the latest monitor: "Energy Mix in Germany" here as a PDF


Dr. Viola Neu


Deputy Head of Division Analysis and Consulting,
Head of Department Electoral and Social Research +49 30 26996-3506

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