Finnish nuclear plan sparks NGO protests

Greenpeace hints at consumer boycott campaign against major shareholder UPM Kymmene

Greenpeace today made a veiled threat of consumer boycotts against the major shareholder of Finnish power firm TVO, following its application yesterday for permission to construct a new nuclear power station (ENDS Daily 16 November). Activists blockaded the Helsinki headquarters of forest products company UPM Kymmene. It complained that industry had "refused to listen or respond" to its arguments that Finland should favour renewables and energy efficiency instead of nuclear.

"Nuclear power is certainly not an export benefit for Finland," said Greenpeace International campaigner Mike Townsley. "On the contrary it could become a burden for Finnish companies in the central European market. It's hard to imagine that customers from central Europe would like to subsidise a nuclear power resurgence in Europe with their magazine paper."

Greenpeace Finland claims that building new nuclear capacity would drag the country onto an unsustainable energy path. In addition to its environmental and health risks, nuclear is not the cheapest way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and employs far fewer people than renewable energy production, the group says.

Follow Up:
Greenpeace International, tel: +31 20 523 6222; Greenpeace Finland, tel: +358 50 383 1822; UPM Kymmene, tel: +358 204 15111.

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