The Spiegel highlights the relevance of these insights for policymakers as they seek to make Germany climate neutral by 2045.
What does the German population think about climate policy measures, and how do these opinions vary by region? A recently published study, led by Hertie School researchers as part of the Ariadne Project, examined local views on climate policy measures, finding stark differences between regions, especially between eastern and western Germany and urban and rural regions. On 4 April 2023, Der Spiegel published a piece highlighting the study's findings, using maps and images from the corresponding online dashboard. With Germany aiming to achieve climate neutrality by 2045, the question of what measures to take to get there is a highly political one. The Spiegel emphasises that the climate policy preference data can help policymakers better understand and communicate with their constituents, especially when it comes to measures with strong local effects, which have a tendency to be divisive.
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