Survey: climate change is Luxembourg’s biggest challenge

Concern around climate change has grown amongst people in Luxembourg, according to a survey published by the European Investment Bank on 27 October. 55% cite it as their top concern, compared to an EU average of 41%.

Results from a survey conducted by the European Investment Bank (EIB) found that 82% of people in Luxembourg now feel the effects of climate change in their daily lives. Climate change is now the number one challenge facing the country, say 55% of respondents. This is much higher than the EU average (41%) and is a shift from last year. In 2021, the top challenge was considered to be covid-19.

In addition, most people in Luxembourg (64%) believe that Russia’s war in Ukraine and the resulting consequences on the price of fossil fuels should encourage the acceleration of the switch to renewable energies. 41% of respondents expect the government to prioritise the development of renewable energies, followed by a focus on energy diversification to avoid being too dependent on a single provider (35%).

In an interview with Delano in April, Luxembourg’s energy minister Claude TurmesClaude Turmes (déi Gréng) mentioned that one of the lessons that should be learned from the current situation is that “in no area of our economy should we be more than 25% dependent on one supplier.”

However, the International Energy Agency notes that Luxembourg’s energy system depends heavily on imports of fossil fuels. In 2018, 95% of its energy supply was imported, including renewable energy. Only 7.5% of Luxembourg’s total primary energy supply came from renewables in 2018. The grand duchy’s national energy and climate plan includes a 23-25% target of renewable energy by 2030.

“Ahead of the COP27 climate conference, the results of the EIB 2022 Climate Survey show that people in Luxembourg believe that accelerating renewable energy and energy efficiency measures should be the priority to fight the global energy and climate crisis,” stated EIB vice-president Kris Peeters.

Ready to turn down the heating to fight climate change?

The survey also found that 29% of survey respondents in Luxembourg would accept capping their heating at 19°C. This is similar to the EU average (28%) and to the figure in Germany (27%), but is far below the figure for French respondents–47% of people in France would accept capping their heating at 19°C.