According to the latest survey co-ordinated by EU Commission, the majority of European citizens support climate action across the EU-bloc, also among member states which suffered most in the economic and financial crisis.
The survey, disclosed in early March, found that four out of five people in the EU recognise that fighting climate change and using energy more efficiently can boost the economy and employment. According to the EU Commission, this is slightly higher than in the last 2011 poll, when 78% agreed. The survey also found that seven in ten citizens agree that reducing fossil fuel imports could bring economic benefits.
Nine in ten Europeans consider climate change a serious problem. A large majority (69%) believe it a 'very serious' problem and 21% a 'fairly serious' problem. Only 9% do not consider it a serious problem. The vast majority of European citizens support national action on energy efficiency and renewable energy, as 92% of respondents think it is important for their governments to provide support for improving energy efficiency by 2030, with just over half (51%) saying this is 'very important'. For renewable energy, 90% find it important for their government to set targets to increase use of renewables by 2030, with 49% considering this 'very important'.
Half of respondents say they have taken some kind of action to fight climate change in the past six months, slightly down from 53% in 2011. However, when prompted with a list of specific actions they might have taken, and with no timescale specified, the proportion rises to 89%, up from 85% in 2011. The most common actions are reducing and recycling waste (69%) and trying to cut use of disposable items (51%).