Nuclear VS Renewables For Reducing Emissions- Research
By admin - October 12, 2020

Renewable energy technologies work better to reduce emissions – Nuclear research is often seen as the best way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. However, new research shows that renewable energy technologies (mostly solar and wind energy) are a better way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

A 25-year analysis covering 123 countries shows that the use of nuclear energy has not had a significant impact on atmospheric carbon concentrations. In some developing countries, on the other hand, the use of nuclear energy has led to an increase in emissions.

Research has also shown that the simultaneous introduction of nuclear and renewable energy technologies does not work so well. Both technologies require very specific infrastructure.

Because nuclear energy does not necessarily mean zero emissions, it may put countries on the “wrong” path to high emissions, while by directly introducing renewable energy technologies, countries will be able to reduce emissions more instantly and on a large scale.

It should be noted that the study is based on data from 1999-2014. Since then, nuclear and renewable energy technology has also changed significantly. Scientists say this study is only correlated.

The less efficient reduction of nuclear energy emissions is partly because the operation of nuclear reactors and stations requires strict regulation and at the same time the “life expectancy” of nuclear power plants is limited.

The role of nuclear energy in combating climate change is controversial. Many researchers say that the only real alternative to fossil fuels is nuclear energy. A 2018 study shows that nuclear power plants should be used in conjunction with renewable energy technologies to curb global warming.

Over time, nuclear power plants use more efficient and flexible technology, which greatly increases their efficiency and flexibility.