According to a new Eurobarometer survey published by the European Commission, 90% of Europeans agree that the EU’s energy policy priorities should be to ensure secure, clean and affordable energy for all Europeans – the main pillars of the EU’s energy union.
In terms of EU energy policy, the survey shows public acknowledgement for its role in shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources to combat climate change, decrease energy consumption across the EU and facilitate more competitive prices for consumers.
Looking ahead to the next 10 years, respondents were in favour of the EU prioritising the following areas:
- investing in and developing clean energy technologies
- ensuring that costs are as low as possible
- stepping up international efforts to reduce climate change.
In addition, 93% of the respondents recognised the EU energy efficiency label and 79% said they have been influenced by this label when purchasing an appliance – presumably leading them to buy an appliance that is more energy efficient.
In the area of climate change, the Eurobarometer shows that 93% of Europeans believe that climate change is a “serious problem”, and 79% see it as a “very serious problem”. Compared with the last Eurobarometer in 2017, climate change has overtaken international terrorism in being perceived as the second most serious problem facing the world today, after poverty, hunger and lack of drinking water.
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