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Why we believe nuclear can meet the UK’s demands
It uses an abundant natural resource
The raw material used to create fuel for nuclear power stations is uranium ore. It comes from stable, dependable regions around the world, and there’s thought to be as much of it on our planet as tin. It’s powerful stuff too - a single uranium fuel pellet, which is about the size of a peanut, can produce as much energy as 800kg of coal.
It is one of the lowest carbon power sources
Nuclear power generation has one of the smallest carbon footprints of any energy source, producing almost no carbon dioxide emissions. In fact, most of the carbon dioxide produced is during the construction of the stations. In an average year, our nuclear power stations help avoid about 43.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions – that’s like taking more than half the cars off the UK’s roads.
It meets the toughest safety regulations in the world
The UK nuclear industry has an excellent safety record going back more than fifty years. The radioactive waste we produce is stored safely and securely for a number of decades, while the heat and radioactivity diminish.
It has low running costs
Building nuclear stations is expensive, but this is balanced out by the fact that the ongoing energy generation costs of nuclear power are incredibly low. We believe nuclear power is the cheapest large-scale, low-carbon generating technology.
It doesn’t need much land
Nuclear stations need relatively little land, considering the volume of electricity they produce.
It supports local communities
Our nuclear power stations currently support thousands of high quality jobs. Operating our eight stations takes the hard work of more than 6,600 people. And the positive impact on the communities we’re part of is huge – our Torness site alone boosts the local economy by almost £33 million in an average year.