WINGAS regularly produces its own studies and also compiles surveys together with well-known partners. We carry out research into a whole range of subjects relating to energy, energy efficiency and natural gas.
Some of our studies are available as white papers to download here:
The World Energy Outlook (WEO) is the flagship publication of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and provides a comprehensive overview of how the global energy system could develop in the coming decades. The current issue of the WEO primarily examines the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on energy markets. Overall, a five percent decline in global energy demand was forecast for 2020. At just three per cent, however, the anticipated drop in demand for natural gas is significantly less compared to other energy sources such as oil (minus eight per cent) and coal (minus seven per cent). A rise in natural gas demand of nearly three per cent is expected in 2021. By 2030, the IEA anticipates an increase of 14 per cent in global demand for natural gas.
On behalf of the BDEW (German Association of Energy and Water Industries), prolytics market research GmbH carried out a study of the German heat market structure, covering buildings, heating systems and energy sources.1 Based on this, valid statements can be made regarding the heating systems and energy sources used in buildings as well as the age of the appliances installed. From a basis of around 18.9 million residential buildings with 40.6 million apartments, the sample (n = 5,653) was selected so as to achieve the greatest possible regional coverage. Data and results are representative of 98 per cent of the entire building stock in Germany.
On behalf of “Zukunft Erdgas”, forsa Politik- und Sozialforschung GmbH has examined how male and female citizens in Germany perceive the possibility of a successful energy transition. The survey looked at people’s priorities regarding the supply of energy, as well as which preferences they have for different alternative energy sources. Also, the attitude of the population towards natural gas production and the importance of gaseous energy sources in the future was analysed.
On behalf of “Zukunft Erdgas”, forsa Politik- und Sozialforschung GmbH has examined how male and female citizens in Germany perceive the possibility of a successful energy transition. The survey looked at people’s priorities regarding the supply of energy, as well as which preferences they have for different alternative energy sources. Also, the attitude of the population towards natural gas production and natural gas-based energy supply was analyzed.
For the fifth time, the German opinion research institute Forsa surveyed tenants as well as house and apartment owners on energy supply in Germany on behalf of WINGAS GmbH. The survey focused on the safety of energy supply and energy transition. In addition to preferred types of energy and heating systems, the survey also asked about renovation projects completed by survey participants in the past year. It once again became clear how popular natural gas is among German citizens. This year for the first time, the survey also asked whether participants were familiar with the German government’s Climate Protection Plan 2050 and how people in Germany assess its feasibility.
For the fourth time, the German opinion research institute Forsa surveyed tenants as well as home and apartment owners on energy supply in Germany on behalf of WINGAS GmbH. The survey focused on the safety of energy supply and energy transition. Survey participants were also asked which renovation measures they had carried out last year and which types of energy and heating systems they preferred. It once again became clear how popular natural gas is among German citizens.
Modern gas efficiency technologies will have to play a key role in the housing sector for heating and domestic water heating if we want to reach the German federal government’s climate targets by 2020. The installation of a natural gas condensing boiler, for example, is the most cost-effective way of avoiding CO2 emissions. In other words, natural gas offers ideal conditions for reducing CO2 in the private household heating sector cost-effectively.
The citizens of Germany agree: when it comes to the energy supply, costs and supply security have top priority. Hence, in response to the question of what is particularly important when it comes to the energy supply, more than three quarters of Germans underline that the prices for electricity and energy must remain affordable for all citizens.
Natural gas is the most climate-friendly fossil fuel. Per kWh generated, its CO2 emissions taking into account transport, production and combustion are half those of hard coal and brown coal. Furthermore, gas-fired power stations in Germany are much more efficient.
Climate protection, affordability and supply security - which is the priority from the German perspective? A recent study by the public opinion research institute Forsa has shown that one thing stands out most for the German people: costs. 76 percent of Germans underline that electricity and energy must remain affordable for all. A majority of 62 percent also thinks it is very important that the energy supply is secure and reliable at all times. 43 percent consider environmentally friendly energy generation very important. Compared to a survey one year earlier, it shows that environment protection as a priority has fallen slightly by one percentage point, and the importance of energy prices has risen by two percentage points.