Nuclear fission is a form of low-carbon energy which has a resource life sufficiently long to be for all practical purposes considered sustainable. Any country adopting nuclear power can be confident that adequate supplies of uranium fuel will be available to power any reactors it may install.
Is Uranium a sustainable resource?
While it’s too early to fully assess the health and safety impact of the combined calamity of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency in Fukushima, Japan recently or, indeed, its implications for public attitudes, the incident has refocused debate on all aspects of nuclear energy, including its sustainability.
In a post-Fukushima world, Tom O’Flaherty looks at questions surrounding the long-term availability of uranium and argues that nuclear energy derived from uranium supplies will be sustainable long into the future.