Public Responses to an Environmental Transport Policy in Sweden: Differentiating between Acceptance and Support for Conventional and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Johan Jansson*, Zeinab Rezvani

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Understanding public responses to environmental policies can
help in achieving a move towards more renewable energy. Focusing on two
types of public responses to a policy, namely public acceptance and
public support, this study utilizes a survey of car owners (N=1,422) to
explore public responses to an environmental transport policy in Sweden.
The results demonstrate higher levels of public acceptance than support
for the policy and that adopters of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) are
more prone to accept and support the policy by expressing higher
intentions for continuous AFV adoption. Results of regression analyses
show that policy acceptance can be explained by environmental beliefs and
previous experience with AFVs. In addition, public support is also
explained by public acceptance, even when controlling for other factors,
which lends support to the deduction that policy acceptance can be
theorized as antecedent to policy support. This study emphasizes the
importance of understanding different types of public responses to an
energy policy in order to recognize drivers for, and barriers against,
successfully implementing a policy and communicating it with the public.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Research & Social Science
Volume48
Pages (from-to)13-21
ISSN2214-6296
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Keywords

  • Policy acceptance; Policy support; Alternative fuel vehicles; Electric vehicles
  • Policy support
  • Electric vehicles
  • Alternative fuel vehicles
  • Policy acceptance

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