Support for the nuclear energy has plummeted since the Japanese power plant Fukushima suffered a series of meltdowns in March 2011 – the largest scale nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
But according to a new poll public support has retruned, with 63% of those asked agreeing that nuclear power should play a role in their energy supplier’s fuel mix.
It also showed only 59% of Britons were interested in the climate change, a sharp decrease from 72% just four years ago.
The poll of over 4000 people was carried out by YouGov and commissioned by EDF Energy, one of the only energy suppliers to source the majority of its power from nuclear.
Commenting on the findings, EDF Energy’s chief executive Vincent de Rivaz, said:
“Public support is vital to addressing Britain’s energy challenges. Nuclear and renewables are both needed to fill the energy gap and meet the country’s carbon reduction targets. While the decline in interest on climate change is worrying, the issue remains and needs to be addressed.
“The survey also shows welcome support for the Government’s energy market reforms. These reforms are crucial to delivering the investment needs in future low carbon generation – and it’s important that they are delivered early next year.”
EDF Energy is currently in the final stages of deciding whether or not it should increase its investment in nuclear power. It is also building a new station in Sizewell, Suffolk. Both projects combined would generate enough energy to power ten million homes.
EDF’s poll found that:
– 63% of Britons back the use of nuclear energy as part of the UK’s energy mix
– 22% are opposed to the building of nuclear plants – the lowest level since 2008 and down from 30%
– 27% of those asked had unfavourable opinions on nuclear, down from 34%
– 58% of people support wind power over nuclear, gas or coal, while 18% were not in favour
– However, support for wind power was down from 75% in 2008
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