Abstract

Public acceptability of energy projects depends on people’s trust in agents responsible for those projects. We examined to what extent different dimensions of trust, notably integrity- and competence-based trust, are associated with public acceptability of real ongoing energy projects associated with acute risks and other consequences. A series of questionnaire studies in the Netherlands revealed that both integrity- and competence-based trust were positively associated with public acceptability of natural gas extraction which causes earthquakes in the region. Yet, integrity-based trust was more strongly and consistently associated with public acceptability of the natural gas extraction compared to competence-based trust. The findings were rather consistent across four different measurement phases. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of our findings.

The role of trust in public acceptability of energy projects: Integrity versus competence

Lu Liu, Leonie Vrieling, Goda Perlaviciute, Thijs Bouman, Linda Steg
15 March 2022
Environmental Research Communications
DOI 10.1088/2515-7620/ac5718

Lu Liu, Leonie Vrieling, Goda Perlaviciute, Thijs Bouman, Linda Steg