The public’s wish list for an eco-economic recovery

By Savanta

The public expects their government to take the lead on a sustainable economic recovery from the pandemic, by adopting the stick first and the carrot second approach.

When presented with a list of six types of potential government action, the top three recommendations from the public are the same in each country, two policies of punishment or containment, followed by one of reward, to increase the uptake of electric vehicles.

The majority want to see stronger penalties for large industrial polluters – 51% in the US, 56% in the UK and 62% in Canada. Baby Boomers are significantly more likely to demand this than the other generations.

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