What are the benefits of nuclear energy?
One kilogram of 4%-enriched fuel grade uranium releases energy equivalent to the combustion of nearly 100 tons of high grade coal or 60 tons of oil.
Uranium-235 is not fully burnt up in the reactor and can be re-used after regeneration (unlike ash and slag remaining after fossil fuel combustion). With future transition to the closed fuel cycle, the technology will generate zero waste.
Greenhouse gas reduction
Rapid development of nuclear power can be regarded as a means of combating global warming. Every year, nuclear stations reduce CO2 emissions by 700 million tons in Europe. Russian nuclear stations prevent nearly 210 million tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted in the atmosphere every year, making Russia the world's fourth country in terms of CO2 prevention.
In the current conditions, nuclear power is one of the most important sectors of Russia’s economy. Dynamic development of the sector is one of basic conditions to ensure energy independence of the state and stable growth of the country’s economy.
Ten nuclear power plants in Russia operate a total of 36 power units: 21 units with VVER reactors (of them 13 units are VVER-1000s, 3 unit is VVER-1200 and 5 units are VVER-440s of different modifications); 13 units with channel-type reactor (10 units are RBMK-1000s and 3 units are EGP-6s); and 2 units with fast neutron reactors (BN-600 and BN-800). Total installed capacity of all power units is 30.245 GW.