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Publication | 12 June 2020

Tracking EU Citizens’ Concerns using Google Search Data - Week 05

Analysing the evolution of EU citizens’ Google searches provides timely insights on their concerns in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

Week 05
12 June 2020

  • Analysing the evolution of EU citizens’ Google searches provides timely insights on their concerns in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. This week the report explores how topics related to the Green Deal (such as pollution, electric cars and transport) interact with the pandemic. 
  • A peak of searches on pollution-related topics was recorded in late March when several articles showed effects of lockdown on air pollution. The most common queries associated with pollution in each country confirm the interest in the beneficial effect of lockdowns for the environment. Yet, they also highlight concerns about possible interactions between particulate and the infection. 
  • In the wake of the pandemic, interest towards electric cars dropped to its 2016 levels. Yet, when lockdowns were being lifted, the relative volume of searches for queries related to electric cars surged, quickly returning to the pre-pandemic peak. The pandemic has only paused EU citizens' interest towards more environmental-friendly cars.
  • Interest in bicycle-related searches reached its peak in early June. Citizens are looking for local transport modes that they perceive as safe.  If this trend will be sustained, it will have important consequences for urban areas and have a positive impact on the level of pollution.
Tracking EU Citizens’ Concerns using Google Search Data - Week 05
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