About the project

Hanhikivi 1 -voimalaitos tuottaa uutta energiaa Suomelle.

Climate-friendly energy form

Our society needs a lot of energy to function. With energy we receive light, warmth, growth and well-being. However, energy must be produced in a way that it does not jeopardize our climate.

Nuclear power production is clean and environmentally friendly. It is a climate-friendly choice, as it generates no carbon dioxide emissions. Finland is committed to decreasing its CO2 emissions as part of combatting climate change.

In recent years, some 20 percent of Finland’s electricity needs have been supplied through imports. Finland is one of the few EU countries that is structurally dependent on the import of electricity. This strong dependence has an adverse effect on the country’s balance of trade, while also reducing jobs and impairing security of supply.

According to Finnish Energy, Finland’s electricity production capacity will decrease by thousands of megawatts by 2030. This means that new investments in energy are needed. The Hanhikivi 1 power plant will improve Finland’s energy self-sufficiency. It will cover approximately 10 percent of Finland’s need for electricity.

The benefits of the ensuing reduction in electricity imports, improved balance of trade and increase in households’ purchasing power are estimated at EUR 0.5 billion annually. Consumers will also benefit from Hanhikivi 1, as it will increase households’ purchasing power.

The local support for Hanhikivi 1 project

More Finns have started to consider nuclear power as a sensible way of curbing climate change and replacing the energy production infrastructure based on fossil fuels that is harmful to the environment.

This is also reflected in recent surveys. For example, backing for nuclear power reached record numbers in the annual energy attitude survey (2021) by Finnish Energy. A total of 50 percent of the respondents were in favor of increasing the proportion of nuclear power.

Also the support for Hanhikivi 1 project has further strengthened in Pyhäjoki and the surrounding area. According to the survey results of Fennovoima, 77,4 percent of Pyhäjoki residents support the Hanhikivi 1 project. A total of 74 percent of the residents of the entire study area are in favor of the project.