Ogilvy PR Believability Index finds Aussies want more science in clean energy communications

Ogilvy PR Believability Index finds Aussies want more science in clean energy communications

New research shows a clear divide in how Australians perceive the nation’s clean energy future, how its benefits are communicated, and who can be believed.  These are the key findings from Ogilvy PR’s latest Believability Index – which examines the believability of organisations, spokespeople and messaging.


Australians identified climate experts as the most believable in relation to clean energy information (56%), followed by established climate groups (38%), and climate-related industry groups (37%). They favoured information supported by science (71%), with hard and proven facts (58%), and citing credible sources (52%).

Only 14% selected local community groups as one of the most believable voices, followed by local councils (10%), journalists (9%), national business leaders (8%), local business leaders (7%), social media influencers (6%), and politicians (5%).

More than one in five (22% or approximately 4.4 million Aussies) think that ‘no particular group’ is believable on this topic.

Nino Tesoriero (pictured), Ogilvy chief counsel and sustainability practice lead said this was proof of a communications gap that needs to be filled by credible experts: “The results of this year’s Believability Index clearly show that the voices of experts, backed by science, are the most believable in this important conversation.

“This presents a great opportunity to make these trusted voices more prominent in communicating clean energy issues. It’s encouraging to know that accurate information based on scientific facts still matter to most people.”

Although the majority of Australians support energy transition, nearly nine in 10 (86%) are concerned with how renewable energy projects are communicated on the path to net-zero.

With three in 10 Australians (30%) still sceptical about the immediate threat of climate change, Tesoriero said a more collaborative communications approach is needed.

Says Tesoriero: “The results show that the renewable energy transition is vulnerable to disinformation, community concern and division unless science-backed experts step up and get louder.

“We need these experts to speak openly, honestly and regularly about energy transition and what it means for specific communities.”

Learn more about Ogilvy PR’s research and reports here and register for a copy of the Believability Index here.