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Study finds growing UAE support for nuclear power

New research shows shift in mindset over future energy sources

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Support for the UAE's nuclear power programme has grown within the country. (GETTY IMAGES)
Support for the UAE's nuclear power programme has grown within the country. (GETTY IMAGES)

A new report by consultancy firm TNS has found a growth in support for the UAE’s nuclear power programme. The study recorded 82% of respondents who supported the nuclear programme, up from 66% last year. Nuclear energy was also identified by 55% of those surveyed as being a main source of power generation, second only to oil-fired generation.

Over two thirds of Emiratis support the development of nuclear energy, with 89% of Nationals supporting the construction of a nuclear power plant in their emirate. Awareness of nuclear energy has also increased in the country, rising 13% on a similar study from 2011.

“These results show a clear link between awareness of benefits and public support for policy decisions. As the UAE moves towards a more diverse economy, citizens are becoming more mindful of issues connected to economic growth, in particular the need for energy diversification, energy security and sustainability,” said Stephan Hamilton-Clark, TNS CEO.

“The latest research indicates that as awareness and understanding of the programme and the technology has grown, support for civil nuclear energy in the UAE continues to increase amongst residents,” he added.

The research recorded a decline in concerns related to the overall safety of nuclear plants, compared with 2012, with TNS says can be attributed to the efforts of the UAE government, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and other nuclear industry organisations.
 

 

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