ESSEN (dpa-AFX) - According to a survey, a majority of employees in Germany are in favor of a faster conversion of industry towards climate neutrality - but approval has decreased compared to 2022. This is the result of a survey conducted by the non-profit think tank Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (WZGE) among more than 2,000 current and future employees. According to the WZGE, the representative survey was carried out by the market research institute Infas quo. The study, which was published on Friday, was commissioned by the Eon Foundation.

The study revealed that 51% of respondents currently want to see a faster pace of structural change in Germany as an industrial location. In 2022, this figure was still 59 percent. In the survey in February 2024, 30% said that the speed of transformation was appropriate (2022: 27%). Two years ago, 14% of respondents thought that the transformation should be driven forward more slowly. This figure has since risen to 19%.

Achieving climate protection targets has lost some of its importance among employees. While this goal was still the most important for 20% of respondents in 2022, it was only the top priority for 15% in 2024. In contrast, reducing social inequality is now the most important goal for 18% of respondents. In 2022, only 15% had named this goal as the most important. Maintaining competitiveness is currently the most important social problem for ten percent. Two years ago, this figure was just five percent.

37% of respondents see a positive impact of the climate-neutral transition on their personal employment situation. In 2022, the figure was 42%. At that time, 14% feared negative effects. Now it is 18 percent.

"The climate-neutral transformation of Germany as an industrial location can only be successful together with the employees," explained Stephan Muschick, Managing Director of the Eon Foundation. This can only succeed if greater attention is paid to social balance and strengthening competitiveness, he added./tob/DP/zb