Planning & Economic Studies Section (PESS):
Capacity Building for Sustainable Energy Development
17th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC / 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol: CoP-17 / CMP-7 (28 November - 9 December 2011)
The 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change
(CoP-17) in Durban, South Africa, was the seventh to take place after entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol and thus also served as the seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol
IAEA EXHIBIT AT COP-17
The Fukushima accident has not markedly reduced the interest of dozens of countries in starting nuclear power programmes. Since climate change mitigation is one of the driving forces behind their interest, the IAEA exhibit will provide information about the risks and benefits of the technology.
Climate change is one of the most important issues facing the world today. Nuclear power can make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gases while delivering energy in the increasingly large quantities needed for global economic development. Nuclear power plants produce virtually no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants during their operation and only very low emissions over their full life cycle. The advantages of nuclear power in terms of climate change are an important reason why many countries intend to introduce nuclear power in the coming decades, or to expand existing programmes. All countries have the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, as well as the responsibility to do so safely and securely.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides assistance and information to countries that wish to introduce nuclear power. It also provides information for broader audiences engaged in energy, environmental and economic policy-making.
Besides other information material, the IAEA brochure on Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2011 was available and distributed at the CoP-17/CNP-7 meeting. This report, which revises and updates a 2009 edition, summarizes the potential role of nuclear power in mitigating global climate change and its contribution to other development and environment challenges. It also examines issues such as cost, safety, waste management and non-proliferation. To read the booklet please click here.