‘Dutch’ wants more focus on technological progress on social problems

An overwhelming majority of Dutch respondents (87 percent) in the ‘Bosch Tech Compass 2023’ think that technological progress should be more focused on social problems, such as health, food supply and climate change – not on individual needs such as e-commerce or space tourism.

For the ‘Bosch Tech Compass 2023’, 600 Dutch people were questioned in September last year about their knowledge and attitude towards technology.

The Bosch Tech Compass 2023 is online in nine countries – Brazil, China, Germany, France, India, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands and Belgium – people aged 18 and over in a sample that is representative by region, gender and age asked about their knowledge and attitude towards technology. Nearly two thirds (64 percent) of the 600 Dutch respondents in the ‘Bosch Tech Compass 2023’ believe that technological progress can make the world a better place. This percentage is just as high as among the 400 respondents in our Belgian southern neighbours. But in the ‘Low countries’ we are slightly less convinced than the average three-quarters (75 percent) in Brazil, China, Germany, France, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Sustainable technologies and economic success

Globally, respondents are largely in agreement about the economic potential of sustainable solutions and products, with a whopping 82 percent believing that the more a company commits to sustainable technologies, the more economically successful it will be in the future. This view is most common in Brazil and India (87 percent each) and least in the United States (73 percent).

In the Netherlands, 85 percent of respondents believe that sustainable technologies are a necessary requirement for any company, and 82 percent of them also believe that the more a company invests in sustainable technologies, the more economically successful it will be in the future. In Belgium, these percentages are 81 percent and 76 percent

Room for improvement

When it comes to corporate commitment to climate action, the survey suggests there is still room for improvement: more than half of respondents (58 percent) globally (excluding the Netherlands and Belgium) believe that only a minority of companies are currently real commitment to sustainability. In the Netherlands, 65 percent of the respondents share this view and Belgium is on the global average.

Fossil energy or renewable?

Many parts of the world are transitioning to renewable energy, but people around the world are still reluctant to completely move away from nuclear power and fossil fuels such as gas and oil for power generation. Overall, 62 percent of respondents are in favor of promoting solar power, while 44 percent want efforts to be made to generate wind power.

However, these opinions vary by country. In China (36 percent) and France (31 percent), support for promoting nuclear energy technology is still relatively strong, while respondents in the United States (oil: 21 percent, gas: 24 percent) and India (oil: 22 percent) , gas: 23 percent) remain significantly more committed to fossil fuels.

Hydrogen or a ‘regular’ fuel?

Respondents in the Netherlands are strong supporters of promoting solar (62 percent / 58 percent (B)) and wind energy (47 percent (NL and B)). In addition, 44 percent (31 percent (B)) of the respondents also think that hydrogen should be promoted more. When asked which technology has the greatest potential to stimulate sustainability in the future, 71 percent of Dutch respondents opt for hydrogen/fuel cell, compared to only 46 percent of our southern neighbours. Moreover, 45 percent of Dutch respondents (47 percent (B)) expect hydrogen to be a ‘regular’ fuel by 2030; 25 percent expect this to be the case between 2031 and 2040 (24 percent (B)).

Bicycle or teleportation?

In the context of the Bosch Tech Compass, questions were also asked about developments such as the metaverse. In this virtual world, where people interact as avatars in a three-dimensional space modeled after real life, mobility will also play a role. 43 percent of respondents can imagine buying a car in the metaverse. Interest and willingness to do so are particularly high in China (75 percent) and India (69 percent).

This is only 31 percent in the Netherlands and 36 percent in Belgium. In the real world, the Dutch will stick to the bicycle as their preferred mode of transport in the future (54 percent), followed by the car (48 percent). For the time being, Belgians opt for the car (41 percent) as a means of transport for the future. But a larger percentage (44 percent) sees more benefit in teleportation as the ideal means of transportation for the future.

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