Friday, September 24

Almost 80% of Spaniards support increasing climate efforts


79% of Spaniards thinks the government should increase national efforts on climate compared to the average of the European Union (EU), which represents 68%, according to a survey released this Thursday by the European Federation of Transport and Environment (T&E).

The telematics survey of the YouGov company, carried out in twelve EU countries at the request of the T&E, reveals the consensus on the increase in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to 15% who consider that the national objective ” it should remain at its current level “and only 6% maintain that the national objective” should do less than what it is already doing, “its promoters detail in a statement. These results would reinforce the setting of the climate objective of reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030 in the EU as a whole, they point out.

The study, which has the participation of Ecodes, Eco-union and Promoció del Transport Públic, reveals that 89% of those surveyed declare to be in favor of increasing efforts in the field of climate in both the transport and residential sectors through of new standards and regulations.

Currently, European legislation requires Spain to achieve a 26% reduction in its emissions in the transport and residential sectors by 2030. Regarding a new instrument of carbon pricing At the EU level, which makes fuels for transport and heating more expensive for Spanish consumers, 58% oppose this instrument compared to 42% who are in favor. In this sense, the spokesperson for Ecodes, Mónica Vidal, points out that transferring the responsibility of fulfilling the European objective of the countries to the EU pricing instrument supposes “a strategy that carries many risks and few rewards”. For Vidal, if the EU decides to go ahead with carbon pricing for cars and trucks “despite the scant support from public opinion in Spain and elsewhere, it will be forced to respond to the social impacts that this generates ”.

For her part, T&E spokeswoman Isabel Büschel declares that binding national targets are “a key driver for national climate action”, citing as an example the mandatory creation of low emission zones which has just been introduced with the Spanish Climate Change and Energy Transition Law Project, and which “has broad support from the Spanish public.” For Büschel, the European Commission “should take note of this and make it clear that national targets are here to stay as one of the main pillars of the EU’s climate architecture.” In order to achieve a sufficient reduction in transport emissions, says Büschel, the objective of the new regulations “must be revised upwards in 2023 and complemented by the future Sustainable Mobility Law”.

YouGov has conducted the survey among a total of 13,324 adults in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Romania.


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