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The percentage of electricity that is generated domestically from low-carbon sources.

10.1% of global electricity is generated from Nuclear

What is Nuclear?

Nuclear power is the use of nuclear reactions that release nuclear energy to generate heat. The heat is used to turn a steam turbine, which turns a generator which makes electricity. Most electricity from nuclear power is produced by nuclear fission of uranium and plutonium.


Is Nuclear a low-carbon energy source?

Yes, due to its relatively low lifecycle emissions, Nuclear is considered to be a low-carbon energy source.

The median estimate of lifecycle emissions from Nuclear is 12 gCO2eq / kWh. Where do our emissions numbers come from?

Wind11 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Nuclear12 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Hydropower24 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Geothermal38 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Solar45 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Biofuels230 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Gas490 gCO2eq / kWhHigh-carbon / fossil fuel
Oil650 gCO2eq / kWhHigh-carbon / fossil fuel
Coal820 gCO2eq / kWhHigh-carbon / fossil fuel

Nuclear compared to other low-carbon energy electricity sources

Most significant producers of electricity from Nuclear

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Significant changes of low-carbon power due to Nuclear

Region Years Change
Slovakia 1997 → 2002 52.5 → 72.7%
Romania 2003 → 2014 32.9 → 59.8%
Czechia 2000 → 2013 21.8 → 47%
Hungary 2003 → 2009 27.5 → 44%
Bulgaria 1992 → 2002 35.5 → 53.7%
Japan 1998 → 2003 43.5 → 34%

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