Poles biggest supporters of green energy in Central Europe - poll

Poles are at the forefront of Central European countries in terms of support for the green transformation, shows a study conducted by the Institute for Market and Social Research IBRiS cited by Monday's Rzeczpospolita daily.

According to 78 percent of Poles, renewable energy sources (RES) have the most positive impact on the protection of the environment and climate, which is the highest percentage in all countries surveyed.

Seven out of ten Lithuanians have a similar view. Germans are also quite positive about RES (63 percent). In other Central European countries, green energy has far less support. Only 38 percent of Czechs believe that RES will protect the climate and nature, and 39 percent that most of the energy should come from renewable sources. For comparison, this opinion is expressed by almost twice as many Poles (76 percent).

On the other hand, 44 percent of Polish respondents claim that the state should use its coal resources in the energy sector. This is the highest percentage in all surveyed countries.

Nevertheless, Poles, along with Lithuanians, are enthusiastic about electric cars, with 65 and 66 percent of respondents, respectively, saying that they are better for the environment than cars with an internal combustion engine. This is more than twice as many Germans (30 percent) and almost twice as many as Czechs (35 percent).

Almost half of the Polish respondents are convinced that hydrogen-powered cars are the future of the eco-friendly automotive industry, the survey shows.

According to the study, 78 percent of Poles believe that human activity is the main cause of climate change, which is the highest rate in all surveyed countries.

As Rzeczpospolita writes, the IBRiS report shows that Poles are in the forefront of the region in terms of a positive approach to green transformation. "Meanwhile, in Poland we still do not have an approved country's energy policy that would show the expected pace of RES development and the future of other energy sources at least until 2040."