‘Most people think climate policy will improve their quality of life’

A new survey has revealed the world’s thoughts on the green transition and how it will impact their lives

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Most people believe climate policies will improve their quality of life and create more employment.

That’s according to a new study published by the European Investment Bank (EIB), revealing that the green transition is deemed a source of economic growth by 56% of Europeans and 67% of Chinese people.

There seems to be more optimism towards a greener future in China, with 77% believing their quality of life will improve with new climate policies, compared with 61% of Europeans.

However, Europe is split on the impact of this towards the job market; 55% of Eastern Europeans believe more jobs will be eliminated than created, with 60% of Western Europeans thinking the opposite.

Two-thirds of those surveyed do believe the climate crisis will still be a serious issue in 2050, with 29% of Europeans revealing they expect to move to another country in the future due to rising temperatures.

Ambroise Fayolle, EIB Vice President, said: “A majority of Europeans see the green transition as an opportunity to enhance their quality of life and create jobs. At the same time, they are concerned about the long-term consequences of climate change for them individually and for society as a whole.

“As the EU climate bank, we are working with the public and private sector to finance a green transition that is low carbon and resilient, while ensuring we leave no one behind.”