Want carbon-free power? Go nuclear. The UK news source called CITY A.M. reported on lifecycle emissions of Britain’s newest nuclear power projects, Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C.
A UN report compared a nuclear plant and renewable source for power. “It found both plants were likely to have a lifecycle impact of 5.5g CO2 per kilowatt-hour. This would mean the two projects would have the lowest carbon intensity and highest clean energy output of any plant constructed in British history. Nuclear’s sustainability makes the energy source an attractive tool for the UK as it aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
A lifecycle analysis is also called a fuel cycle or well-to-wheel analysis. It assesses the big-picture of greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of a fuel, including each stage of its production and use, says the EPA.
Why mention a UK report here? It is important to see the full impact of every electric generation source – from construction to use to decommissioning. That is the only way to fully compare how power sources impact the environment.
Feature image is Hinckley C Plant