Dr Yan Sun (Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences); and
Professor Peta Ashworth (Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures, The University of Queensland)

"Comparing public attitudes to energy technologies in China and Australia: Evidence from large-scale surveys"

An audio recording is available here (60 minutes duration)

China, as the world’s second largest economy, has a huge demand for energy and is responsible for releasing large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. At the same time, China's climate policies and measures for energy savings and emissions reduction can significantly impact global action on climate change mitigation. In this context, understanding the attitude of Chinese residents to emissions reduction has never been more important. Similarly, while Australia’s emissions are small on the global scale, as a large exporter of fossil fuels Australia’s impact on global carbon emissions does not go unnoticed. In this research we share the results of a comparative survey undertaken across Australia and China in 2017. The survey about public attitudes to the range of energy generation technologies was completed by 1354 Chinese urban residents across six regions and 2507 Australians across all States and Territories. Each lead researcher will first share individual results arising from their own country. The presentation will then provide more details about comparisons across the two countries and the broader public’s preferred carbon mitigation strategies.

Yan Sun
Peta Ashworth


About UQEI Energy Express Seminar Series

Welcome to the 2020 UQEI Energy Express Seminar Series! We again look forward to providing you with an opportunity to continue your participation at informative and topical seminars that will open and promote discussion amongst us all.

In offering the Energy Express Seminars, we aim to bring multidisciplinary research capability together on some of the significant energy challenges facing today’s world and connect that capability with industry and government partners. The series is designed to provide a regular forum to present and discuss a range of energy-related topics and themes. They are open events, and bring together industry, government, and the broader UQ community including academics, researchers, students and alumni.

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