We’re all aware of the threat that climate change poses to our planet. The energy sector has a key role to play. Meeting our targets depends on the UK moving to a lower carbon electricity mix and also using low-carbon electricity to play a greater role in transport and heating. We therefore need to increase the amount of electricity produced from low-carbon sources.
Wind, solar, hydro and nuclear power generation produce close-to-zero carbon dioxide emissions. Nuclear power has one of the smallest carbon footprints of any energy source. In fact, most of the CO2 produced is done during the construction of the stations.
The natural element used to create nuclear energy - uranium - is powerful stuff. A single uranium fuel pellet, which is about the size of a peanut, can produce as much energy as 800kg of coal.