Climate change

Nuclear energy is an important part of strategies for a clean, low-carbon future. Prominent scientists agree that nuclear power is one of the few reliable energy sources that can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions; the world’s current use of nuclear power already reduces emissions by about 2.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, by avoiding fossil fuels.

Life-cycle emissions

Next to hydroelectric power, which is nearing production capacity, nuclear power is the largest source of low-carbon electricity globally. Over its entire life-cycle – including construction, mining, operation, and decommissioning – nuclear power is one of the cleanest technologies available.