67% of young people in Japan regularly engage in energy saving: survey
Sixty-seven percent of Japanese between the ages of 17 and 19 make energy-saving efforts daily, apparently motivated by Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to a recent poll.
With the government asking businesses and households to reduce their electricity use from July to September to avoid a power crisis, respondents to the Nippon Foundation survey said they had reviewed their use of air conditioning and lighting.
In the survey, 54.4% of respondents said they were very or somewhat interested in Japan’s energy policy, while 69.7% were aware of the country’s low energy independence.
The interior of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry building in Tokyo is dimly lit on March 22, 2022, as the ministry calls on residents of Tokyo and some other areas served by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to save electricity in the face of energy shortages. (Kyodo)
The government and some electricity providers offer a point system to reward households that implement energy saving measures, but only 17.3% said they understood how the system works.
The country’s electricity supply and demand balance has been strained since the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami, led to the suspension of many reactors.
Public concern over a power shortage has grown amid the suspension of operations at several thermal power plants earlier this year due to technical problems and fuel supply difficulties stemming from the Ukraine crisis.
According to the survey, 43.6% of respondents supported the government’s plan to increase the use of nuclear energy to 20-22% of the country’s energy mix by 2030, while 17.6% called for a higher proportion.
Regarding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, 55.8% cited the introduction of renewable energy sources to power public transport as the most promising, followed by environmentally friendly urban development. environment at 55.1%, and forest management and urban greening at 55.0%.
The Tokyo-based foundation conducted the online survey among a total of 1,000 people between the ages of 17 and 19 across Japan from July 29 to August 2.