WHY NUCLEAR POWER
WORLD ENERGY NEEDS AND NUCLEAR POWER
– The world will need greatly increased energy supply in the next 20 years, especially cleanly-generated electricity.
– Electricity demand is increasing twice as fast as overall energy use and is likely to rise by more than two-thirds 2011 to 2035. In 2012, 42% of primary energy used was converted into electricity.
– Nuclear power provides about 11% of the world’s electricity, and 21% of electricity in OECD countries.
– Nuclear power is the most environmentally benign way of producing electricity on a large scale.
Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind are costly per unit of output and are intermittent but can be helpful at the margin in providing clean power.
Protecting the Environment
NUCLEAR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Emissions to the Atmosphere
…This means that this type of power plant does not release into the atmosphere any greenhouse effect gasses (carbon, sulphur, nitrogen and other oxides) nor does it release other combustion byproducts, such as ashes, that might contribute to climate change, rain acidization, contamination of large cities, destruction of the ozone layer or to the greenhouse effect. As to the “emissions” from the cooling towers,…Learn more>>
Considering that the impact on the environment affects a large number of factors. One is land occupation, since land has significant relative values and is an increasingly expensive and scarce resource. There are important differences between energy plants, as is listed below:
Nuclear: Between 1 and 4 km2.
Solar: Between 20 and 50 km2.
Wind: Between 50 and 150 km2.
Biomass: Between 4.000 and 6.000 km2.
The Kyoto Protocol And Nuclear Energy
An important goal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the stabilization of concentrations of greenhouse effect gasses in the atmosphere, at a level that does not imply a dangerous transference with the climate system, and that allows sustainable development. Since energy-related activities…Learn more>> www.foronuclear.org
Who Needs Energy?
…Any attempt to understand or forecast global energy requirements must take account of population growth. At the beginning of the twentieth century, world population was about 1.5 billion. Today it is over seven billion and growing at the rate of 90 million a year. By the year 2025 world population is expected to reach 8 billion….Learn more>> world-nuclear.org