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Public acceptance of biofuels


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  • Savvanidou, Electra
  • Zervas, Efthimios
  • Tsagarakis, Konstantinos P.


The public acceptance of biofuels in Greece is examined in this work. The analysis of 571 face to face interviews shows that 90.7% of the respondents believe that climatic changes are related to fossil fuel consumption, while only 23.8% know the difference between biodiesel and bioethanol. 76.1% believe that energy saving should precede the use of an alternative source of energy. Only 27.3% believe that priority must be given to biofuels over other renewable energy sources. Only 49.9% think that the use of biofuels can be an effective solution against climatic changes and 53.9% believe that the use of biofuels can be an effective solution for the energy problem. Finally, 80.9% of the car owners are willing to use biofuels, 44.8% are willing to pay the supplementary amount of 0.06Â [euro]/L of the fuel market price, while the average amount reported as willing to pay was 0.079Â [euro]/L on top of the fuel market price. Furthermore, eight models correlating the eight main responses with several socioeconomic variables are developed and analyzed. Those findings heave important policy implications related to the use and promotion of biofuels.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
Issue (Month): 7 (July)
Pages: 3482-3488

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Keywords: Biofuels Biodiesel Social acceptance;


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  1. Villamil, María B. & Alexander, Myles & Silvis, Anne Heinze & Gray, Michael E., 2012. "Producer perceptions and information needs regarding their adoption of bioenergy crops," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 16(6), pages 3604-3612.
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