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Die meeste Europeërs dink regerings sal klimaatdoelwitte mis, bevind meningspeilings

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'n Meerderheid van die burgers van die Europese Unie dink hul regering sal nie daarin slaag om klimaatsverandering aan te pak nie, wat Europeërs beskou as die grootste uitdaging wat die mensdom hierdie eeu in die gesig staar, het 'n opname wat Woensdag (27 Oktober) deur die Europese Investeringsbank gepubliseer is, getoon, skryf Kate Abnett.

Of 27,700 survey respondents in the EU’s 27 countries, 58% said they believed their country would fail to drastically reduce its CO2 emissions by 2050, the EIB’s climate survey found.

EU citizens’ lack of faith in their governments’ climate credentials contrasted with their own support for tougher policies.

In the poll, 70% of EU respondents said they supported measures that impose changes on people’s behaviour to tackle emissions.

A large majority, 87% of respondents, were either “completely” or “somewhat” in favour of replacing short-haul flights with trains, while 69% said they supported a tax on the most polluting products.

“In the run-up to COP26, these demands from the public are a clear mandate for us to strengthen our efforts and accelerate the green transition,” EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle said, referring to the U.N. climate summit in Scotland, which begins on Sunday.

Intussen het 81% van die EU-burgers saamgestem dat klimaatsverandering die grootste uitdaging is wat die mensdom hierdie eeu in die gesig staar, en 75% het gesê hulle is meer bekommerd oor die klimaatkrisis as hul regerings.

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Die EIB-peiling is in Augustus en September gedoen, nadat verwoestende veldbrande en noodlottige vloede die realiteite van klimaatsverandering vir baie Europeërs onderstreep het.

Die EU se klimaatdoelwitte are among the most ambitious of the world’s biggest economies. The bloc has legally committed to reduce its net emissions to zero by 2050 and rapidly reduce them this decade. Lees meer.

Those goals apply to the EU’s overall emissions, although countries, including Denmark, France Germany and Ireland, have also set national net zero emissions goals.

EU policymakers are negotiating new measures to deliver its climate goals, including higher taxes on polluting fuels and a new carbon market – proposals facing resistance from some countries that fear a public backlash to measures that would increase costs for households.

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