Representative survey on environmental awareness and behavior in 2012, including sociological analyses

Duration January 2012 – January 2013

Project manager Jana Rückert-John

Client Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, Umweltbundesamt

Cooperation partner

on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Environment Agency

The biennial survey on the state of environmental awareness and behavior, which has been conducted since 1996, is currently being projected and implemented by ISInova. In addition to assessments of environmental problems and information about environmental behavior, we are interested in how environment-related problems lead to innovative changes in behavior, understanding these problems as opportunities for changing everyday routines.

The survey was conducted throughout Germany in 2012 as a representative survey. The project is carried out in cooperation with the Philipps University of Marburg.

Contact: Jana Rückert-John (



The brochure “Environmental Awareness in Germany 2012” with the main results can be downloaded from the UBA website since 18.1.2013.

The 2012 in-depth study report has been published:

Furthermore, various publications have been produced in the course of the project:

  • BzS Nr. 8 – René John: Innovativeness of everyday routines – stability, change and environmental affinity PDF-Download (270 KB)
  • BzS No. 9 – René John: Environment as a Problem. Group discussions on the relevance of environmental issues in everyday lifePDF-Download (634 KB)
  • BzS No. 10 – Jana Rückert-John: Challenges of sustainable development from an expert perspective: problems and solutions PDF-Download (196 KB)
  • BzS Nr. 13 – René John: The Failure of a Global Conference as an Opportunity for Particular Solutions PDF-Dwonload (1 MB)
  • René John (2013):Alltägliche Nachhaltigkeit. Zur Innovativität von Praktiken. In: Jana Rückert-John (Hg.): Soziale Innovation und Nachhaltigkeit. Wiesbaden: Springer VS: 103-132. Go to Springer VS-Verlag


René John spoke about the results of the 2012 environmental awareness study at the conference “From Primate to Smart User” organized by the Austrian Energy Agency and the Climate and Energy Fund in Vienna on October 15, 2013.

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