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Europeans’ attitudes on EU enegy policy

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Survey requested by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy and co-ordinated by the Directorate-General for Communication.

One of the main priorities of Jean-Claude Juncker when he became President of the European Commission was to establish an Energy Union which ensures the clean, secure and affordable supply of energy to all Europeans.

 

In the course of its 5-year mandate, the Juncker Commission has initiated a range of changes to EU energy policy to build this Energy Union and address the challenge of global warming. Having helped to negotiate the Paris Agreement in Dicember 2015, many of the subsequent policy changes have been aimed at enabling the EU to deliver on its Paris Agreement commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and more broadly on accelerating the clean energy transition. In particular, the Clean energy for all Europeans package establishes a new rulebook for EU energy policy which includes new, binding 2030 targets for energy efficiency and renewables and requires each Member State to establish its own integrated National Energy & Climate Plan for 2021-2030, outlining how it intends to fulfil its contributions to the EU-wide effort.

 

There is no recent survey dedicated to what the European public thinks about the priorities for EU energy policy. Coming at a moment when the new legislative framework enters into force, this detailed poll provides a useful benchmark on public opinion.

 

In this context, this survey seeks to gauge, for the first time, EU citizens’ opinions about aspects of EU energy policy in order to:

 

  • Review what citizens think EU energy policy is about currently and what it should aim to achieve;
  • Assess awareness of and effectiveness of current energy efficiency labelling;
  • Investigate what citizens believe the EU’s priorities for energy policy should be in the next decade.

The survey was carried out by the Kantar network in the 28 EU Member States between 9 and 25 May 2019. Some 27,438 respondents from different social demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face at home in their mother tongue. The methodology used is that of the Standard Eurobarometer surveys carried out by the Directorate-General for Communication (“Media monitoring and Eurobarometer” Unit). It is the same for all countries and territories covered in the survey.

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