▷ Ford study: Europeans want to forego air travel for the climate, less car …


27.10.2021 – 00:10

Ford-Werke GmbH

Cologne (ots)

  • A study commissioned by Ford shows that 90 percent of Europeans feel personally responsible for the fight against climate change
  • According to the study, many Europeans are willing to restrict themselves when buying new clothes (34 percent), to use the car less (34 percent), to forego air travel (25 percent) and to eat less meat (15 percent)
  • The global fight against climate change is a central concern of the European population – only overcoming the pandemic and the economic recovery after Corona are considered by the people to be even more urgent
  • 36 percent of the study participants think that companies that make a negative contribution to climate change should be punished
  • Ford is now publishing the study results as part of the quarterly Go Electric report series. At the beginning of this year, the automobile manufacturer announced that it would only offer purely electric cars in Europe from 2030

Ford has commissioned a Europe-wide study into public attitudes towards climate change. It was asked what personal sacrifices people are willing to make in the fight against global warming. An overwhelming majority of participants (an average of 90 percent in each of the eight countries studied *) feel they have a certain level of personal responsibility in the fight against climate change. Ford is now publishing the results of the study under the title “Climate Countdown” as part of the Go Electric report series, which is published quarterly.

When asked about the main issues Europe is facing today – including key issues such as structural racism, mental health care and the realignment of the economy – tackling climate change was seen as a top priority after recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. 29 percent of those surveyed agree that a global climate protection plan is essential. Likewise, 29 percent said that stricter measures to contain climate change are required immediately.

Ford publishes the study a few days before the UN Climate Change Conference 2021, internationally also known as COP 26, which will take place from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow, Scotland. The evaluation of the collected data shows the willingness of the European population to forego some of the cherished amenities of modern life or at least to limit consumption.

Among the things that Europeans would most likely do without are items made of plastic (45 percent). Further measures to protect the climate are reducing energy consumption (45 percent) and buying regionally produced goods (35 percent). A significant proportion of those surveyed are also willing to restrict the purchase of new clothes (34 percent). Just as many study participants would use the car to a lesser extent (34 percent), while 25 percent would consider avoiding travel abroad by plane. Across Europe, 15 percent would limit their meat consumption. Germans (15 percent) are in the recorded average. In Great Britain, 22 percent of the study participants would eat less meat, in Italy, the Netherlands and Poland it is 17 percent.

There was also clear evidence that consumers generally expect businesses to be environmentally friendly. Across Europe, 87 percent said it was important to buy products from companies that make a positive or carbon neutral contribution to the environment, with 56 percent saying this was a very important (40 percent) or even the most important (16 percent) consideration when making a purchase decision.

With regard to the attitude of Europeans towards electric vehicles, the study notes an increasingly positive view. 37 percent of those surveyed are convinced that the future belongs to electrified automobiles. However, charging concerns and range fears are still widespread. 39 percent of the study participants say they are unsure where to charge an electrically powered vehicle. In addition, according to the study, 24 percent doubt that there is sufficient infrastructure. And 30 percent say that fully electric cars would deter them from long journeys.

“This survey shows how much Europeans care about climate change and that they are ready to take a range of measures against increasing global warming. When it comes to personal mobility, they clearly see electric vehicles as the future. However, it does Study also shows that people continue to have concerns about charging infrastructure and the range of electric cars, “said Stuart Rowley, President Ford of Europe. “I believe it is up to everyone involved – governments, national and local authorities, energy providers and automotive companies – to make the possibilities of electrification clear to consumers and to create the necessary infrastructure. At Ford, we are committed to electrification and are proud to that we are taking a leading position in the transition to electrified vehicles “.

The full Go Electric: Climate Countdown report is available in English at: https://ots.de/QIqZy2

* Methodology – a survey was commissioned to better understand people’s views on climate change and how they judge electric vehicles. 2,000 adults each from Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland and a further 1,000 people from the Netherlands and Norway took part.

The surveys carried out by the independent research agency OnePoll covered a range of topics related to climate change. The sample for each country was nationally and regionally representative by age and gender – with the exception of Poland and the Netherlands. The results were weighted to account for population differences.

Ford-Werke GmbH

Ford-Werke GmbH is a German automobile manufacturer and mobility provider based in Cologne. The company employs more than 20,000 people in Cologne, Saarlouis and Aachen. Since it was founded in 1925, the Ford factories have produced more than 47 million vehicles. Further press information can be found at http://www.media.ford.com.

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Isfried Hennen
Ford-Werke GmbH
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