A survey conducted by TNS-Emnid for Greenpeace concludes that the large majority of German people want to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2040. Even 80% of Germanys Social Democratic Party (SPD) supporters are said to be for the phase out, although the party has been traditionally closely associated with the coal mining industry.
According to Greenpeace energy expert Gerald Neubauer, an energy transition without an exit from coal, is only a half transition. "We can dispense with coal," stated Neubauer. To compensate for the exit, Greenpeace calls for a "rapid expansion of renewable energies, more efforts on energy-efficiency, and flexible gas power plants as a bridging technology."
For its survey, TNS-Emnid interviewed 1,001 people in March. It concludes, among others, the following: