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|Public Attitude Towards Nuclear and Renewable Energy as a Factor of Their Development in a Circular Economy Frame: Two Case Studies
Rada, E. C.
|Public Attitude Towards Nuclear and Renewable Energy as a Factor of Their Development in a Circular Economy Frame: Two Case Studies / A. Karaeva, E. Magaril, V. Torretta et al. // Sustainability (Switzerland). — 2022. — Vol. 14. — Iss. 3. — 1283.
|Nowadays, most countries of the world are implementing the transition to the low-carbon economy which implies the need to carry out a full-scale eco-modernization of the energy sector. Green energy may be identified as one of the core concerns of energy sector modernization as it allows a considerable decrease in emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere. Therefore, nuclear and renewable energy may become key areas of global energy development in the near future, which is also in agreement with circular economy concepts. However, public opinion (and other controversial visions/aspects) is one of the barriers to their development. The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between attitudes towards nuclear and renewable energy in two countries: a EU country (Italy) and a non-EU country (Russia), considering the level of their development. The authors conducted a survey among residents regarding their attitude towards nuclear and renewable energy, as well as their attitude to the present energy policy. The cluster analysis technique was used to analyze the results. The obtained results confirmed the dependence between the level of development of nuclear and renewable energy and the public attitude towards it. The national energy policy also might influence public opinion on the development of nuclear or renewable energy. The authors identified public attitude as one of the key factors in the development of energy and the achievement of environmental and social sustainability. © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
|Funding: The research was supported by the Russian Science Foundation grant No. 22-28-01740, https://rscf.ru/en/project/22-28-01740/ (accessed on 6 December 2021).
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