- 75% believe that the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its consequences should accelerate the green transition.
- 92% say that, if we do not drastically reduce our consumption of energy and goods in the coming years, we will be heading for a global catastrophe.
- 70% want energy prices to be tied to consumption, with those consuming the most being charged more.
- 69% want polluting activities to be taxed more heavily to account for their environmental cost.
These are some of the results from the latest yearly Climate Survey conducted in August 2022 and published today by the European Investment Bank (EIB). The EIB is the lending arm of the European Union and the world’s largest multilateral lender for climate action projects.
After a challenging year in which Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sparked an ongoing energy crisis and accelerated inflation all over Europe, and a summer marked by record heatwaves and droughts, Portuguese people have become even more acutely aware of the impact of climate change and the need for urgent action.
Climate change awareness and urgency
While COVID-19 was considered the number one challenge for Portuguese people last year, concerns over inflation now predominate, with 59% citing them as their top concern, compared with 36% across the rest of the European Union.
Despite the energy and inflation crisis, more than a third of Portuguese people (37%) consider climate change to be one of the biggest challenges the country is facing (an increase of 9 percentage points since last year), particularly those aged 65 and over (for whom the figure is 52%, an increase of 18 percentage points since last year).
In addition, 82% of Portuguese people now say they feel the effects of climate change on their daily lives (an increase of 5 percentage points from 2021).
92% think that, if we do not drastically reduce our consumption of energy and goods in the coming years, we will be heading for a global catastrophe. Meanwhile, 93% feel that the government is reacting too slowly, and only a minority (48%) think that Portugal will succeed in substantially reducing its carbon emissions by 2030.
War in Ukraine and green transition
Most Portuguese people (75%) believe that the war in Ukraine and its consequences on the prices of oil and gas should accelerate the green transition (9 percentage points more than the European average of 66%).