Problem

Environmental impacts of power stations


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Other Names:
Degradation of the environment from electrical power generation
Nature:

Electricity generation in large centralized installations, whether using fossil fuel or nuclear power, has several environmental impacts. It is thermodynamically inevitable that about 60% of the heat energy generated is 'waste' and, unless it can be used as low-grade heat to warm buildings nearby, it has to be released into the environment.

Other waste by-products of electricity generation include emissions into the air of polluting gases.

Related Problems:
Waste waters
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
13.05.2019 – 20:38 CEST