10. 1. 2022

9.79 billion tonnes of carbon emissions saved by European nuclear power plants over the past decade

Emission-free nuclear sources, which do not produce greenhouse gases and consequently do not have an impact on climate change, supplied a total of 10,877 TWh of emission-free electricity to the European grid between 2011 and 2020.

Nuclear, together with renewables, is seen as an important resource for combating climate change by a number of renowned institutions, led by the International Energy Agency. Without the contribution of nuclear power plants, around half of Europe's carbon-neutral electricity would have to be generated by other sources, mainly fossil fuels.

The development of nuclear in Europe continues. Finland and Belarus have recently started up new nuclear power plants, and other new units are currently under construction in France, the UK, Slovakia, Belarus, and Ukraine.