Europeans have become increasingly concerned about climate change and a large majority believe that taking action will boost the EU economy and jobs, according to a new survey.
Nearly 75% of EU citizens now see climate change as a very serious problem and almost 80% believe that fighting climate change and using energy more efficiently will bring economic benefits, show the results of a special Eurobarometer opinion poll published today.
European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: "This opinion poll shows that our ambitious climate and energy policy agenda has the most important backing of all: that of our citizens. It also shows that a clear majority of Europeans expect their politicians to address the serious climate challenge now as an essential tool for sustainable economic growth and creating jobs. And it is also encouragement for us at the European Commission to continue fighting for ambitious climate action across Europe."
Key results of the survey:
Other key findings:
The EU has set itself three key climate and energy targets for 2030: a minimum 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990; a minimum 27% share for renewable energy; and at least a 27% improvement in energy efficiency. The targets are aimed at putting the EU firmly on a path towards becoming a low-carbon economy by 2050.
This latest Eurobarometer survey on climate change was carried out in the 28 Member States between 18 and 27 March 2017. A total of 27,901 EU citizens were interviewed face-to-face.