scepticism, energy preferences, and societal transformation

EPCC - European Perceptions of Climate Change

Analysis of the perception of climate change and the related assessment of the energy transition in Germany.

Project Funding

Bundesminsiterium für Bildung und Forschung

as part of the „Joint Programme Initiative – Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe“

Project Duration

November 2014 to March 2017

Anthropogenic climate change poses major challenges for our society, with far-reaching implications and transformational requirements for large parts of social and political life. The 40% CO2 reduction target announced by the EU in January 2014 cannot be achieved without sustained and broad support from the European public. The EPCC research project aims to determine and compare the support of the European public in selected member countries and derive adequate policy recommendations.

The project provides answers to the question of how and why the perception of climate change diverges in the different European countries, which role values and worldviews play and how the European public can and must be involved in order to ensure the effective implementation of the European energy system. The core of the project is a theoretically sound, cross-national survey conducted in the four countries involved in the project: Great Britain, France, Norway and Germany. In addition to this far-reaching quantitative survey, the socio-political context in each of the four countries is examined by stakeholder interviews. The topline findings report of the EPCC project offers insights into the core results..

The transfer between science and practice is ensured through regular stakeholder meetings and intensive collaboration with the climate communication agency Climate Outreach, UK. This collaboration also yielded recommendations for actions for policy makers.

Contact Person

Project Staff

Ehemalige Projektmitarbeiter

Dr. Dirk Scheer

Tätig für ZIRIUS bis 2017