Nuclear power in the United Kingdom - Statistics & Facts

In the United Kingdom, consumption of nuclear energy has been declining since 1998. In fact, by 2017, it had fallen to nearly 16 million metric tons of oil equivalent. In 2016, electricity generation using nuclear fuels totaled 71.73 terawatt hours, while the amount of electricity supplied reached 65.15 terawatt hours.

Regarding emissions, both PM2.5 emissions and PM10 emissions attributable to the production of nuclear power reached 20 metric tons in 2016, while greenhouse gas emissions totaled 97.4 thousand metric tons of oil equivalent.

On an international level, the United States accounted for more than one third of total nuclear power usage, with a share of 32.1 percent in 2017. That same year, consumption amounted to 188 million metric tons of oil equivalent in the European Union, of which the United Kingdom accounted for 15.9 million metric tons of oil equivalent.

In 2016, the nuclear sector had a gross value added impact of 12.4 billion British pounds, of which 6.4 billion British pounds was directly contributed by the nuclear civil sector.

According to the views of respondents to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Energy and Climate Change Public Attitude Tracking Survey in the United Kingdom, 32 percent agreed with the statement that nuclear power would help combat climate change. A share of 47 percent believed that nuclear energy was a reliable and affordable source of power and 39 percent of respondents thought that nuclear energy would generate economic benifits to the United Kingdom.

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