Europeans say climate action can boost economy

Four out of five people in the European Union recognise that fighting climate change and being energy efficient can boost the economy and employment. According to the Eurobarometer, nine in […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Four out of five people in the European Union recognise that fighting climate change and being energy efficient can boost the economy and employment.

According to the Eurobarometer, nine in 10 Europeans consider climate change a serious problem facing the world after poverty and the economic situation. Half of those in Europe said they have taken some kind of action to fight climate change in the past six months, including reducing and recycling waste and trying to cut use of disposable items.

The vast majority of people in Europe also support national action on energy efficiency and renewable energy, with 92% of them saying it is important for their governments to provide support for improving energy efficiency by 2030.

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said: “There is not a choice to make between good economics and climate protection: cost-effective climate action is indeed good economics. I am very encouraged that European citizens recognise that too.

“This poll sends a strong signal to EU leaders to take bold climate action for a sustainable economic recovery. And it is an encouragement also for us in the Commission to continue fighting for ambitious climate action in Europe.”

The Eurobarometer also revealed 70% of people agree that reducing fossil fuel imports could benefit the EU economically.