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Social acceptance of renewable energy: Some examples from Europe and Developing Africa


  • Olaf Pollmann

    () (North-West University School of Environmental Science and Development, Potchefstroom Campus (PUK), South Africa)

  • Szilárd Podruzsik

    () (Corvinus University of Budapest, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Budapest, Hungary)

  • Orsolya Fehér

    () (Corvinus University of Budapest Department of Food Economics Budapest Hungary)


Current energy systems are in most instances not fully working sustainably. The provision and use of energy only consider limited resources, risk potential or financial constraints on a limited scale. Furthermore, the knowledge and benefits are only available for a minor group of the population or are outright neglected. The availability of different resources for energy purposes determines economic development, as well as the status of the society and the environment. The access to energy grids has an impact on socio-economic living standards of communities. This not fully developed system is causing climate change with all its related outcomes. This investigation takes into consideration different views on renewable energy systems — such as international discussions about biomass use for energy production, “fuel versus food”, biogas use — and attempts to compare major prospects of social acceptance of renewable energy in Europe and Africa. Can all obstacles to the use of renewable energy be so profound that the overall strategy of reducing anthropogenic causes of climate change be seriously affected?

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  • Olaf Pollmann & Szilárd Podruzsik & Orsolya Fehér, 2014. "Social acceptance of renewable energy: Some examples from Europe and Developing Africa," Society and Economy, Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary, vol. 36(2), pages 217-231, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aka:soceco:v:36:y:2014:i:2:p:217-231

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    1. Gava, Oriana & Bartolini, Fabio & Brunori, Gianluca, 2015. "Spatial impacts and sustainability of farm biogas diffusion in Italy," 150th Seminar, October 22-23, 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland 212676, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    renewable energy; energy production; future technology; society;

    JEL classification:

    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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