Today, Swiss voted on whether to accelerate the closure of the nation’s five nuclear reactors. The government’s existing plan to exit nuclear power generation involves initiating the shutdown of all five reactors between 2019 and 2034. Under the nuclear initiative, voted on today, shutdown would be accelerated, starting in 2017 with the last closure starting in 2029.
Across the country, most cantons rejected the initiative. The map below shows results by canton. The only cantons voting in favour were Geneva, Vaud, Jura, Neuchâtel, Basel-City and Basel Landschaft. All other cantons voted “No”. The cantons most heavily in favour were Basel-City (60.5%) and Geneva (59%). The cantons most against it were Schwyz (31.9%) and Nidwalden (35%).
According to official nationwide results, 54% voted against the initiative.
The reactors are now likely to be shutdown in accordance with the Swiss government’s planned timetable which was created in 2011 after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. Switzerland’s reactors and planned shutdown dates are set out here.