Most Europeans say the war in Ukraine provides an impetus to save energy and reduce reliance on fossil fuels, according to the European Investment Bank’s latest annual climate survey, with 66% saying the invasion’s consequences for the price of oil and gas should spur moves to accelerate the green transition. British and Chinese respondents share this view, though Americans are divided.
EU respondents also reported in high numbers (84%) that if we do not drastically reduce our use of energy and goods in the near future, we are headed for a global catastrophe. And 63% of people in the EU want energy prices tied to consumption, with the people or companies using the most energy paying higher prices.
The increased cost of living and overall financial issues topped the list of concerns in the survey of people in the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. In China, the COVID-19 pandemic, which was the top concern everywhere last year, remains the greatest worry.
A large majority of EU citizens and Chinese say they feel the effects of climate change in their daily lives (80% and 91% respectively). Americans (67%) and British (65%) rate the effects of climate change on their daily lives somewhat lower.