80% of Slovaks feel that climate change has an impact on their everyday lives

(Source: European Investment Bank)

  • 75% of Slovaks think that climate change and its consequences are the biggest challenge for humanity in the 21st century
  • 74% believe that they are more concerned about the climate emergency than their government
  • 80% feel that climate change has an impact on their everyday lives
  • 60% think the country will fail in drastically reducing its carbon emissions by 2050, as pledged in the Paris Agreement
  • 55% are in favour of stricter government measures that impose changes on people’s behaviour
  • 68% would welcome a tax on products and services that contribute most to global warming
  • 92% say they want to replace short-distance flights by fast, low-polluting trains in collaboration with neighbouring countries

75% of Slovaks think that climate change and its consequences are the biggest challenge for humanity in the 21st century. This figure differs across different demographic categories: from 87% for 15-29 year-old respondents to 67% for respondents older than 65, from 79% for low-income earners to 72% for high-income earners, and from 62% for those with left-leaning political views to 77% for those with right-leaning political views.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of Slovaks (80%) feel that climate change has an impact on their everyday lives (above the European average of 77%).

These are some of the results from the first release of the 2021-2022 Climate Survey published on 27 October 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.

Perception of the climate crisis: The country’s fight against climate change

The vast majority of Slovaks (80%) feel that climate change has an impact on their everyday lives. While this is particularly marked among 15-29 year-olds (83%), this figure drops eight points (75%) for people older than 64. 72% of people who have left-leaning political views say they feel this impact in their everyday lives, which is 17 points lower than for those who have right-leaning political views (89%).

74% believe that they are more concerned about the climate emergency than their government. As a consequence, they are fairly sceptical regarding their country’s capability to undergo an ambitious green transition. Only 40% think that Slovakia will succeed in drastically reducing its carbon emissions by 2050, as pledged in the Paris Agreement. The majority (60%) think that Slovakia will fail to meet its reduced carbon emission targets.

As a consequence, more than half (55%) of Slovaks are in favour of stricter government measures — similar to the ones implemented to combat the COVID-19 crisis — that would impose changes on people’s behaviour.

Meanwhile, only 12% of Slovaks believe that global warming is not due to human activities.

The energy debate

When asked about the source of energy their country should rely on to fight global warming, the majority of Slovaks favour renewable energies (56%) to address the climate emergency. This sentiment is shared even more by Europeans as a whole (63%). Support for renewables in Slovakia is seen strongly among people younger than 30 (64% in favour). However, this figure drops 32 points for people over 64 (32%).

Slovaks overall are slightly more supportive of nuclear energy than other Europeans (16% vs. 12%). In Slovakia, people older than 64 (21%) are much more in favour of nuclear energy than people younger than 30 (13%). The gender gap is also evident: men (22%) are much more in favour of nuclear energy than women (10%).

Finally, Slovaks are slightly more likely to think that their country should rely on energy savings than other Europeans (20% vs. 17%). Slovakian respondents over 64 are particularly in favour of this option (45%). This is 34 points more than for respondents younger than 29 (only 11% in favour of saving energy as a priority). Saving energy is ranked far above an increased role for natural gas (6%).

Most popular solutions to fight climate change among Slovaks

The majority of Slovaks (68%) would support — at a level similar to other Europeans (69%) — the introduction of a tax on products and services that contribute most to global warming. Even among  respondents with lower incomes, 71% would be in favour of such a tax. Slovaks are also in favour of a 5-year minimum warranty on any electric or electronic product (95%) and replacing short-distance flights with fast, low-emission trains (92%). They also favour softer measures like strengthening education and increasing youth awareness of sustainable consumption (94%).

EIB Vice-President Lilyana Pavlova said: “The EIB climate survey clearly showed that a vast majority of Slovaks support the introduction of new measures and tools, such as cleaner energy sources, to help them fight climate change and protect their country from its devastating effects. The fact that Slovaks are well aware of the dangers posed by rising global temperatures and are ready to support immediate decisive action is a good sign, showing that we can achieve our climate ambitions faster. The EIB is ready to help Slovakia contribute as much as possible towards building a carbon-neutral, green and sustainable world economy — the key to limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5 °C or less. As the EU climate bank, we will focus on clean energy, energy savings, sustainable mobility solutions and innovation projects to make sure we succeed in this task. The strong support for this course of action in Slovakia augurs well for the success of our global fight against further climate change, the biggest existential threat to humanity today.”

Download the Excel spreadsheet with the raw data for all 30 countries surveyed here. Please click here to access the EIB website that presents key findings of the EIB Climate Survey IV.

About the EIB Climate Survey

The European Investment Bank has launched the fourth edition of the EIB Climate Survey, a thorough assessment of how people feel about climate change. Conducted in partnership with market research firm BVA, the fourth edition of the EIB Climate Survey aims to inform the broader debate on attitudes and expectations in terms of climate action. More than 30 000 respondents participated in the survey between 26 August and 22 September 2021, with a representative panel for each of the 30 countries polled.

About the European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank is active in around 160 countries and is one of the world’s largest multilateral lenders for climate action projects. The EIB Group has recently adopted its Climate Bank Roadmap to deliver on its ambitious agenda to support €1 trillion of climate action and environmental sustainability investments in the decade to 2030 and to deliver more than 50% of EIB finance for climate action and environmental sustainability by 2025. As part of the Roadmap, all new EIB Group operations have also been aligned with the goals and principles of the Paris Agreement since the start of 2021.

About BVA

BVA is an opinion research and consulting firm recognised as one of the most innovative market research firms in its sector. Specialised in behavioural marketing, BVA combines data science and social science to make data inspiring and bring it to life. BVA is also a member of the Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research (WIN), a global network of some of the world’s leading market research and survey players, with over 40 members.

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