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Attitudes and Understanding Energy

A study was conducted that provides a cross-national, comparative analysis of public understanding of, and attitudes towards nuclear, renewable and fossil-fuel energy sources in Austria, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Slovakia, Romania and the United Kingdom. The research forms one element of a larger EU funded project, INTUSER, which aims to promote understanding and communication between the public, energy policy-makers and the scientific community in the EU and Associated States. Data was collected from a total sample of 1866 individuals, using an internet survey tool, and thesample indicated aboveaverage levels of education and predominantly urban residence. Preliminary analysis of levels of awareness data suggest that, although energy concepts are generally wellrecognised, considerable confusion exists about which energy sources may be characterised as ‘renewable’.