Climate Action

Citizen support for climate action


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

2017 Survey

Main survey findings

  • 92% of EU citizens see climate change as a serious problem and 74% see it as a "very serious" problem.
  • Nearly nine in ten believe it is important for their national government to set targets to increase renewable energy use by 2030 (89%) and provide support for improving energy efficiency by 2030 (88%).
  • The vast majority (79%) also agree that more public financial support should be given to the transition to clean energies, even if this means reducing fossil fuel subsidies.

Boosting the economy and jobs

Almost eight in ten EU citizens (79%) – and a substantial majority in all Member States – believe that fighting climate change and using energy more efficiently can boost the economy and create jobs. More than three-quarters (77%) also agree that promoting EU expertise in new clean technologies to third countries can benefit the EU economically.

Public action

90% of the survey respondents had recently taken at least one personal action against climate change, notably reducing and recycling waste (71% of respondents) and cutting down on use of disposable items such as plastic bags and excessive packaging whenever possible (56%).

Read the full report

Individual Member State information

Find out about attitudes towards climate change in countries across the EU:

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