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Is Nuclear Energy Green?

Updated: Dec 2, 2022

Nuclear Energy is Green. It uses the least land, produces the lowest carbon, and creates the most power.

"An engine of sustainable development worldwide. That's why nuclear is a vital part of the clean energy mix."

Nuclear reactors harness the heat released from splitting atoms to make green electricity, whatever the weather, the time of day, or the time of year.

What's more, is, you get a lot from a little. One uranium pellet used to power a nuclear power plant - the same size as a gummy bear - creates the same amount of energy as 149 gallons of oil or 2,000 pounds of coal.

One pellet of uranium can power a house for around 2.5 months. And unlike fossil fuels, the process creates no CO2.

Nuclear is green by having the lowest lifecycle carbon footprint of any electricity source.

The current UK nuclear fleet powers 12 million homes from less than one square mile - by far the smallest land footprint of any clean energy source.

Nuclear is the only low-carbon power source that generates electricity whatever the weather, the time of day, or time of year.

Nuclear has saved the UK 2.3 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions, far more than any other energy source.

Nuclear reactors can raise and lower their power output to smooth variations in demand and renewable generation. They can also produce green hydrogen, a clean-burning fuel.

The French nuclear fleet once raised its output by 50% in one day.


Now that we have established that nuclear is green, you can find out more below:


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Recommended Reading (or listening): Atomic Habits by James Clear