GC Side Event: Energy Planning and Nuclear Energy System Sustainability
(Photo: D. Simittchieva/IAEA)
2013-09-30 │Two outstanding services for Member States – energy planning, and nuclear energy system modelling, analysis and sustainability assessment – were the focus of a side event, organized by the Department of Nuclear Energy on 19 September 2013 during the IAEA General Conference.
More than 60 representatives of Member States and IAEA experts attended the event, chaired by Mr Yury A. Sokolov, Vice President of Rusatom Overseas, Russian Federation.
While energy planning services are offered by the IAEA Planning and Economic Studies Section (PESS), nuclear energy system modelling, analysis and sustainability assessment services are provided by the Agency’s International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO).
“Both PESS and the INPRO Group provide services which support the Member States’ in developing national capabilities to plan for their sustainable nuclear energy futures,” said Mr Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, as he opened the event. These services include detailed hands-on training and expert support in the use of modelling and analytical tools, and the INPRO methodology for sustainability assessment.
The presentations focussed on nuclear energy system modelling, analytical frameworks to consider transition scenarios to nuclear sustainability, progress in Nuclear Energy System Assessments (NESAs) in Member States and an update of the INPRO methodology. A joint INPRO/PESS study of socio- and macroeconomic drivers and impacts of nuclear energy programmes, a summary of the cross-cutting study on transportable nuclear power plants (TNPP) and results from the INPRO Dialogue Forum on Safety and Licensing Issues for Small and Medium Sized Reactors were also presented.
Mr Al Burkart of the U.S. Department of State commented on the significance of INPRO to Member States by pointing out that at its inception, this project was one of a few integrated forward looking activities in the IAEA and that it provides an effective forum where technology holders and users meet and have a dialogue.
"The services provided by the Department of Nuclear Energy help Member States interested in embarking on nuclear power to answer the key questions in establishing their programs. Why should I do it? What should I do? How should I do it?" said Mr Burkart. "PESS can help a country determine ‘why’ through its economic analyses. The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Group (INIG) helps countries focus on both ‘what’ and ‘how’ through its guidance and assessments. INPRO assist countries in both the why and what through helping countries look at long-term sustainability and nearer-term issues."
Mr Djarot S. Wisnubroto of Indonesia’s National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) delivered a summary on the scope of his country’s involvement in INPRO activities and the benefits it has gained.