COreFAKTEN – Social acceptance of a CO2 price for energy consumption

Erneuerbare Energien: Solarpaneele und Windräder vor Stromleitungen

In its Climate Action Programme 2030, the Federal Government has announced that it will introduce national CO2 pricing for the first time. The estimated starting price is 25 euros per tonne of CO2 as of 2021. The climate effect that can be expected from this is rather low – it is reasonable to assume that concerns about social acceptance in particular prevent more ambitious CO2 pricing.

The COreFAKTEN project aims to help understand the conditions for the social acceptance of a price on carbon. Its goal is a fact-based CO2 oriented reform of the system of energy fees, taxes and surcharges. In focus are households that are particularly burdened by energy-related expenses such as electricity and heating costs. In this way, the project can make an important contribution to ensuring that CO2 pricing is socially acceptable and effectively designed. In addition, COreFAKTEN will develop the scientific basis for a target group-specific communication strategy. The findings will help to better understand the mechanisms that lead to the acceptance or non-acceptance of CO2 pricing, particularly in connection with social acceptability.

adelphi will take over the project management and provide major support for the project partners in the analysis of the social acceptance of a national CO2 price with the help of behavioural economic, socio-psychological and communication science research. Fraunhofer ISI will perform empirical research using focus groups. RWTH Aachen will then quantify the acquired knowledge in a multi-criteria, empirically based decision analysis (conjoint measurement). Based on this analysis, the consortium will develop a concept to improve the acceptance of CO2 price and include it in a communication strategy.