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.
Main survey findings
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%).
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.