SeenewsSeenews
Search
Seenews
AlertsSeenewsSeenews
Searchclose
TOPICS
arrow
COUNTRIES
arrow
INDUSTRY
arrow
Economy
arrow
Browse Economy
Mix and match your focus countries with our advanced search
Investments
arrow
Browse Investments
Mix and match your focus countries with our advanced search
Deals
arrow
Browse Deals
Mix and match your focus countries with our advanced search
Tech
arrow
Browse Tech
Mix and match your focus countries with our advanced search
Green
arrow
Browse Green
Mix and match your focus countries with our advanced search
0/5
You have 5 free articles left this month
You have 0/5 free articles
Sign up to get 5 more free articles this month
SIGN UP
arrow
LOGIN
arrow

Bulgarians lack knowledge about climate change solutions - EIB survey

Jul 8, 2024, 1:39:57 PMArticle by Mihaela Miteva
share
July 8 (SeeNews) - Bulgarians are aware of the causes and consequences of climate change but have room to improve their knowledge about solutions, the European Investment Bank (EIB) said on Monday, quoting survey findings.

Bulgarians lack knowledge about climate change solutions - EIB survey
Photo by Brendan O'Donnell on Unsplash

Bulgarian respondents scored 6.10 out of 10 in a knowledge test about climate change causes, consequences and solutions, slightly below the EU average of 6.37, the EIB said in its Climate Survey 2023-2024. Finland came first with a score of 7.22, followed by Luxembourg with 7.19 and Sweden with 6.96.

The survey was conducted among over 30,000 respondents across 35 countries, including the EU member states, the U.K., the U.S., China, Japan, India and Canada.

Bulgarians ranked close to the EU average in understanding the definition and causes of climate change, with a score of 7.19 compared to the EU's 7.21, and its consequences, with 7.32 versus the EU's 7.65.

However, their knowledge about solutions was significantly lower, scoring 3.81 out of 10, well below the EU average of 4.25. This reflects a general trend across EU countries as most of them received low scores in this area.

For example, 86% of Bulgarians surveyed did not know that reducing speed limits on roads can combat climate change and 62% were unaware that better insulating buildings can also help.

"It is important to identify and address the knowledge gaps found in the EIB Climate Survey. At the EIB, we provide financing to fight climate change, but we also recognise our role in contributing to the debate and education around the issue. We are committed to complementing our financing with initiatives that promote climate awareness and knowledge," EIB vice-president Kyriacos Kakouris said.

Over the last five years, the EIB Group has provided over 500 million euro ($541.2 million) to Bulgaria to support the country's green transition. Key projects include the expansion of the Sofia metro system, increasing municipalities' energy efficiency and climate resilience and helping small and medium-sized enterprises make their operations green.

In 2023, the EIB funded the installation of 1,530 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Bulgaria to boost EV adoption and combat air pollution. Last month, the lender signed an advisory agreement with Bulgaria's state-owned National Electricity Company (NEK) to help it prepare the construction of two large pumped-storage hydropower plants, which will enhance the power grid's stability and integrate more renewable energy sources.

($ = 0.9239 euro)

Your complete guide to the emerging economies of Southeast Europe. From latest news to bespoke research – the big picture at the tip of your fingers.