Almost half of all Europeans believe they are defenceless against the effects of climate change


  • In Germany too, 40 percent of people live in fear of climate change
  • Survey shows an urgent need for action at the current UN Climate Change Summit COP 25 in Madrid

43 percent of people, and thus almost half of the population in ten European countries, feel they have little or no protection against the effects of climate change. This was revealed by a representative survey carried out by E.ON and KantarEMNID. Most concerned are the Italians and the Romanians, among whom 58 percent (Italy) and 56 percent (Romania) see themselves as virtually defenceless against the effects of climate change.

The survey confirms the urgent need for politicians to take action when they gather at the forthcoming 25th UN Climate Change Summit from 2 to 19 December in Madrid. After all, only 22 percent of all Europeans believe they are well or very well protected from the effects of climate change. The British feel the most secure: The island nation is the only place where the proportion of people who are relatively unconcerned about the effects of climate change (31 percent) outweighs those who feel virtually defenceless (28 percent).

The Germans lie almost precisely in the middle of all those questioned in their assessment of their situation. Here, 21 percent of people feel well or very well protected, while 40 percent, on the other hand, believe they are more or less defenceless against climate change.

Given that the climate is changing rapidly as a result of greenhouse gas emissions and more than 70 percent of these emissions are related to energy, E.ON is focussing on finding solutions for decarbonization. E.ON is working continually on the sustainable development of the energy industry – with clean and intelligent energy and access for all customers to a sustainable supply of power and heat.

To ensure fair distribution of the costs of the energy transition, E.ON has long been calling for a CO2 price of €35 per ton across all sectors. In order to be effective, the CO2 price must be accompanied by intelligent social and economic policies to ensure that it does not disadvantage certain groups of the population.

The results of the survey are part of the “Living in Europe” study, for which E.ON and KantarEMNID questioned around 10,000 people in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.

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