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Most Kiwis back a green revolution

17 August 2012

Most Kiwis back a green revolution

New Zealanders are willing to put their hands in their pockets to encourage clean industries and technologies.

The survey, of 2829 New Zealanders aged 18-plus, taken between July 5 and 16, 2012, asked recipients about their attitude toward incentives to encourage technologies such as marine energy and fuel-efficient cars, Carbon News reports.

All received strong support – with home insulation topping the list with nearly 100% backing.

The results showed that:

• 98.8 per cent support further subsidies to insulate un-insulated homes (1.3 per cent oppose).
• 78.4 per cent support incentives to develop biofuel from waste wood (2.8 per cent oppose).
• 74.5 per cent of respondents support reducing the annual registration fee for vehicles with smaller engines (6.7 per cent opposed).
• 72.3 per cent support incentives to develop wave and tidal power (9.1 per cent oppose).
• 64.7 per cent support cash incentives to buy fuel-efficient and lower-emissions cars (8.2 per cent oppose).
• 57.9 per cent support investing in alternative fuel technologies, such as those that capture and store emissions from coal-fired power stations (92 per cent oppose).
• 49.8 per cent support requiring standards on imported vehicles’ fuel efficiency to lift national fleet performance overall (10.7 per cent opposed).

The survey is weighted by age, gender, personal income, region, ethnicity and party vote 2011 to provide a representative sample of the New Zealand adult population. The maximum margin of error at a 95% confidence level is +/- 1.8%.

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