A record number of Finns favour nuclear power, a fresh survey commissioned by Finnish Energy has found, citing fighting climate change as the main reason.
According to the survey conducted in April and published on Monday (16 May), about 60% said they favoured nuclear power, while a mere 11% said they opposed it. Support for nuclear power has been measured continuously since 1983, and the energy source’s popularity has reached its highest level since the survey’s first publication.
The reason for nuclear’s increasing popularity is linked to the need to quickly transform the energy system by replacing fossil fuels in transport, heating and other uses.
Finland’s share of renewable and nuclear sources covered 87% of electricity production in 2021. This figure is expected to rise to over 90% by 2023. The new Olkiluoto 3 reactor has a big role in the transition.
Also likely to boost nuclear’s popularity is the solution proposed for disposing of spent nuclear fuel, which will be buried 430 metres into the ground. This should isolate the spent fuel from the organic environment by safety solutions called release barriers, thus preventing it from coming into contact with the environment or people.
Meanwhile, 76% of Finns are eager to see a stop to Russian energy imports even if that would mean prices rise, another survey published Monday (16 May) and commissioned by Greenpeace has found.
Among those who said they favoured stopping Russian imports, 90% had a university degree, while only 20% in the 15-24 age group said they approved of such a move.