- Philipp Böing
- United Kingdom
UCL iGEM / SynBioSoc organizer, student (computer science), University College London
So what is the CO2 footprint of nuclear energy really?
It is often said that nuclear energy basically has no CO2 emissions, and I'd like to believe that. However, I also heard that this doesn't factor in the mining and refining of uranium before it goes do the power plant. Apparently this process uses a lot of energy and fossil fuels, which should be considered when talking about the CO2 costs of nuclear power.
Obviously this doesn't apply to nuclear power generated from decommissioned weapons, or new reactors that hopefully one day will run on our current nuclear waste.
I'm sure there must be TEDsters here who know the area and can answer this question: What is the real CO2 footprint of nuclear energy?