EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Gap between words and actions: Empirical study on consistency of residents supporting renewable energy development in China

Xingming Fang, Lu Wang, Chuanwang Sun, Xuemei Zheng and Jing Wei

Energy Policy, 2021, vol. 148, issue PA

Abstract: With the increasing concern about energy sustainable policies, the words (willingness) and actions (behavior) of residents to support the renewable energy development have attracted lots of attention. However, most current studies focused on the willingness or behavior separately, ignoring the consistency between them. Given the wide gap between consumers' actual behavior and their willingness to support renewable energy found by a national energy survey in 2016, this paper aims to empirically explore the factors influencing the consistency between the willingness and behavior of Chinese residents through a bivariate-probit model. The empirical results indicate that socio-economic factors, socio-demographic factors and subjective factors have significant influences on residents’ consistency to support renewable energy development. Among them, subjective factors play the most important role. When the full sample is divided into a rural group and an urban group, it shows that income, education and energy supply satisfaction have more impacts on rural residents, while environmental concern and carbon emission knowledge affect urban residents by a larger magnitude. This paper provides important policy implications on how to guide residents willing to support renewable energy to take real actions in their life.

Keywords: Consistency; Willingness; Behavior; Renewable energy policy; Rural-urban differences; Bivariate-probit model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030142152030656X
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:enepol:v:148:y:2021:i:pa:s030142152030656x

DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111945

Access Statistics for this article

Energy Policy is currently edited by N. France

More articles in Energy Policy from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Nithya Sathishkumar ().

 
Page updated 2021-03-27
Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:148:y:2021:i:pa:s030142152030656x