Mapping and Testing UN Framework Classification for Nuclear Fuel Resources
30 March 2011 | An IAEA Meeting on "Mapping and Testing of UNFC-2009 for Nuclear Fuel Resources" will be held in Geneva, 4-5 April. UNFC-2009, the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 is a universally applicable scheme for classifying and evaluating energy and mineral reserves and resources.
Organized by the IAEA's Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section in collaboration with UNECE's Sustainable Energy Division, the consultancy meeting will gather experts from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, South Africa, UK and the United States, as well as from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, the UNECE Expert Group on Resource Classification and the IAEA and UNECE secretariats. The meeting has been scheduled immediately before the annual session of the Expert Group on Resource Classification (Geneva, 6-8 April) in order for the nuclear experts to be able to provide input to the Expert Group discussions.
The aims of the IAEA consultancy meeting include:
- Formulating an action plan for mapping and testing the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources (UNFC) of 2009 for nuclear fuel resources;
- Providing appropriate feedback to the Expert Group on Resource Classification for improving the UNFC of 2009;
- Discussing the structure and content of regional training courses and workshops on UNFC in 2012-2014 to be organized under the Agency's Technical Cooperation Programme in IAEA Member States. The planned events will focus on uranium exploration and resource evaluation, for which UNFC reporting will be a major component; about 40-50 countries active in uranium exploration are expected to participate in the courses and workshops.
The principal objective of UNFC is to enhance international communication by providing a simple, user-friendly and uniform format for the reporting of energy and mineral reserves and resources, using market-based economic criteria. UNFC has been developed to meet, to the extent possible, the needs of applications pertaining to international energy and mineral studies, government resource management functions, corporate business processes and financial reporting standards.
(adapted from UNECE Weekly 418)
For more information, contact: H. Tulsidas