Latin America Leads World in Support for Clean Energy Public Transport

Dalia surveyed 43,000 people in 52 countries to uncover insights into the future of mobility. Respondents were asked to pick the top three public policies that they would support in order to improve the transportation conditions where they live. They chose: reducing public transport fares, expanding public transport, and providing more parking spaces.

Notably, Latin Americans are the top advocates for clean energy-based public transportation options. 39% of Mexicans, 37% of Venezuelans, 35% of Ecuadorians, and 35% of Colombians would support this policy compared to global support of 22%. Part of this support can be explained by continuing policy efforts in this area. In 2015, the Latin American Mayor’s forum planned a transportation overhaul by which 40,000 buses in eight major Latin American cities would be replaced with clean vehicles by 2020. This effort is in alignment with Latin America’s determined movement towards clean and renewable energy: in 2014, Latin America produced 53% of its electricity from renewable sources, compared to the world average of 22%. The results also highlight several other regional differences:

While only 10% of global respondents support discouraging the use of private automobiles in the city center, Southeast Asian countries show much higher support for this policy (Thailand 31%, Indonesia 26% and Malaysia 18%).

A policy to subsidize clean energy vehicles is most popular in Western Europe. 32% of Italians, 29% of French and 29% of Spanish are in favor, compared to the global average of 19%.

Finally, while lowering public transport fares is the top policy pick on a global level, it is most popular in Scandinavia: 51% of Norwegians, 49% of Danes, 45% of Dutch, and 45% of Swedes are in favor of reducing costs. This is not altogether surprising: these countries boast some of the world’s highest public transport fares.