Extracts from the press conference by Connie Hedegaard on the publication of 2011 Eurobarometer on public attitudes to climate change

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-071094   Duration: 10:02:12  Lieu:
End production: 07/10/2011   First transmission: 07/10/2011
On 7 October 2011, Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, presented the publication of the 2011 Eurobarometer on public attitudes to climate change. The annual report on the EU's progress towards meeting its Kyoto Protocol target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was released. The European Environment Agency (EEA) also published its latest analysis of greenhouse gas trends in the EU. These reports highlight the substantial progress the EU is making in breaking the link between carbon emissions and economic growth. By 2010 the EU succeeded in cutting emissions by 15.5% since 1990 while the economy grew by 41% over the same period. Emissions fell for six consecutive years up to and including 2009. The EU-15 remains firmly on course to meet its 8% emission reduction target under the Kyoto Protocol, and is most likely to overachieve it.

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10:00:05 General view of the conference room 00:00:10
10:00:15 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action (in ENGLISH): 89% consider climate change is a serious problem with 68% seeing it as very serious and it is up from 64% back into 2009. And on a scale one to ten, the seriousness of climate change is ranked at an average of 7.4 against 7.1 two years ago. 00:00:24
10:00:39 General view of the conference room 00:00:03
10:00:43 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:00:46 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): secondly, despite the dramatic development in the European and world economies this year, climate change is seen as the second most serious problem facing the world after poverty, hunger and lack of drinking water and actually ahead of the economic situation. 71% see climate change as the most, or one of the most serious problems (2 shots) 00:00:27
10:01:14 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:01:18 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): a big majority of Europeans support the idea of basing taxation more on energy use. Across the EU, 68% agree with making this change with a majority in favour of it in every single Member State. I also believe this is a clear message to the governments of Europe that they have a public backing for more green taxation system. 00:00:26
10:01:45 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:02
10:01:48 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): it should just be clear to the world that if only Europe takes a second commitment period; Europe representing only 11% of global emissions, and maybe together with Switzerland and Norway and a few more: that will not in itself make Durban a success. The only thing which could make Durban a success is that we get new progress that actually reduces CO2. 00:00:24
10:02:12 General view of the conference room 00:00:06
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