Adaptation to sustainable energy use: A case study on agricultural cooperatives
Energy use rates are continuously increasing with increasing populations. Increasing energy needs than accelerate the depletion of fossil fuels. To meet such increasing demands and provide a sustainable future, renewable energy sources should be used worldwide. With the initiation of industrial revolution, mankind started to use up energy resources of the world without thinking about the nature and future generations. Excessive consumption of available resources polluted environment and altered climate patterns. Depletion of fossil fuels in near future and climate change will force the world countries tend to renewable energy sources. The present research was conducted to investigate the renewable energy awareness and adaptation of managers of agricultural development cooperatives composed of farmers, the most vulnerable segment of society to climate change. With the questionnaires, data were gathered about general status of agricultural cooperatives, socio-economic status of cooperative managers, manager level of knowledge and awareness of renewable energy resources. Survey data were subjected to fuzzy pairwise comparison and chi-square tests. Present findings revealed that cooperative managers had medium level of knowledge on renewable energy. In general, cooperatives were willing to use and invest in renewable energy. Present finding may guide the policy-makers in renewable energy investments.