If use of nuclear power continues, will there be enough uranium?

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.

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Minister calls for a nuclear debate

Ireland took an important step towards addressing its future energy needs with Eamon Ryan’s recent call for an Oireachtas committee discussion about nuclear power, writes Tom O’Flaherty.

It is becoming widely accepted that the greatest challenge facing human society over the next few decades is to arrest the onset of climate change, while there is still time to avert its more devastating effects.  A parallel challenge is to meet the world’s energy needs, and to safeguard national competitiveness, against a background of the diminishing supply and increasing cost of oil and gas.

Clearly these challenges have to be met on two fronts: by curtailing growth in energy demand, and by major development of non-fossil sources of energy. It is BENE’s belief that nuclear energy has a vital contribution to make to the latter objective.

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