Delegation of the European Union to China

Citizen support for climate action

25/09/2019 - 07:43

Europeans are very concerned about climate change and support action across the EU to tackle it, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey by the European Commission.

2019 Survey

Main survey findings

  • 93% of EU citizens see climate change as a serious problem and 79% see it as a very serious problem.
  • 92% of respondents think it is important their national government sets ambitious targets to increase the amount of renewable energy used and 89% believe governments should provide support for improving energy efficiency by 2030.
  • 84% believe that more public financial support should be given to the transition to clean energies, even if it means reducing subsidies to fossil fuels.
  • 92% of respondents – and more than eight in ten in each Member State – agree that greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced to a minimum while offsetting the remaining emissions, in order to make the EU economy climate-neutral by 2050.

Boosting the economy and jobs

More than eight in ten respondents agree that promoting EU expertise in clean technologies to countries outside the EU can benefit the EU economically (81%), while 79% believe that taking action on climate change will make EU companies more innovative and competitive.

A large majority agree that reducing fossil fuel imports from outside the EU can increase energy security and benefit the EU economically (72%).

Public action

93% of respondents have taken at least one specific action to fight climate change, notably reducing and recycling waste (75% of respondents) and cutting down on consumption of disposable items whenever possible (62%).

Adaptation to climate change

Seven in ten respondents (70%) agree that adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change can have positive outcomes for citizens in the EU.

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