Objective 1: To enhance the capacity of Member States to perform their own analyses of electricity and energy system development, energy investment planning and energy–environment policy formulation and their economic implications.
Objective 2: To support Member States interested in including nuclear energy in their national energy mixes by providing nuclear information.
Sub-programme 1.3.1: To strengthen the capacity and capabilities in Member States to elaborate their sustainable energy strategies and conduct studies for energy system and electricity sector development and management, energy investment planning and energy environment policy formulation.
Sub-programme 1.3.2: To help Member States achieve a better understanding of nuclear technology’s contributions to socioeconomic development, climate protection and energy security and its compatibility with national sustainable development objectives in Member States.
During the 56th IAEA General Conference PESS organized a Side Event on Sustainable Energy Development after Rio+20: PESS support to Member States. The critical role energy plays in the development process is recognized in the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which emphasizes the importance of access to modern energy services for all from a mix including renewable sources, other low-emission and advanced technologies. Activities in PESS's work programme help Member States implement these calls. This side event provided an overview of recently achieved milestones and new initiatives in energy planning tools and capacity building, as well as in energy-economy-environment analysis in sustainable energy development. To learn more about this side event and to view the presentations given, please click here.
Through training, technical assistance and information exchange, PESS helps Member States build capacity in energy systems analysis and planning for identifying the role of different technologies, including nuclear, in meeting their future energy needs. Recently, PESS has started eTrainings to expand its capacity building activities through technology supported distance learning.
PESS conducts 3-E (energy, economic and environmental) analysis of nuclear technologies and their competitors, focusing on competitive energy markets, environmental impacts and sustainable energy development.
PESS maintains information references of energy and economic data for all IAEA Member States, plus nuclear power projections through 2050. A project on Indicators for Sustainable Energy Development (ISED) is in progress. To see IAEA energy and electricity projections, including animated charts, please click here.
As the expert UN agency on nuclear energy, the IAEA conducts research and provides input for international negotiations on climate change and sustainable development.
Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2012. This report, which updates the 2011 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.
The IAEA's Nuclear Technology Review 2012. To read the NTR-2012 click here. To read NTRs from previous years click on the corresponding year: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002.
Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period up to 2050 - RDS-1/32. Please click here to read the publication.
Energy for Development – Resources, Technologies, Environment. Affordable energy access is a strategic issue in many IAEA Member States and a key component in the global and national efforts to alleviate economic poverty and to foster social equity. This book demonstrates that the current global energy system raises a wide array of concerns ranging from resource depletion and technological development to environmental impacts. Global coordination and cooperation are needed to foster economic development through sustainable energy strategies and to avoid environmental calamities like climate change. The book brings together visions, in-depth analyses and innovative ideas about how to resolve the ‘Energy for development’ predicament. It includes contributions by a diverse group of prominent scientists as well as national and international policy leaders in the field.
Please click to see the flyer, the table of contents and the Preface.
Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2011. 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.
Geological Disposal of Carbon Dioxide and Radioactive Waste: A Comparative Assessment. Many IAEA Member States face the dilemma in the formulation of their national energy strategies whether to continue relying on fossil fuels or to introduce/expand nuclear energy. Geological disposal is explored in many countries as the appropriate way to isolate the resulting wastes (carbon dioxide and radioactive waste) from the biosphere. This book is the first comprehensive comparative assessment of the numerous issues involved in geological disposal, ranging from geology, environmental issues, risk assessment and costs to legal, public acceptance and psychological perspectives. Please click to see the flyer, the table of contents and the Preface.
Policies and Measures to realise Industrial Energy Efficiency and mitigate Climate Change, is a publication from the UN-Energy/Energy Efficiency Cluster, done by UNIDO and the IAEA. To read the publication please click here.
IAEA Tools and Methodologies for Energy System Planning and Nuclear Energy System Assessments. To read the Brochure in English, please click here. To see the Russian translation of the Tools Brochure, please kindly click here. To read the brochure in Arabic, please click here.
Nuclear Technology and Economic Development in the Republic of Korea. The study is one of a series of national studies being conducted by the IAEA in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) and KHNP of the Republic of Korea and a national team of experts from five different institutions: the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), Kyungbuk National University, Korean Energy Economics Institute (KEEI), and Daegu-Gyeongbuk Development Institute. To read the report please click here.
Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2009. This booklet summarizes nuclear power’s potential role in mitigating global climate change and its contribution to other development and environment challenges, as well as its current status, including the issues of cost, safety, waste management and non-proliferation. The publication is a revised and updated version of the 2008 edition. To read the booklet please click here.
Cuba: A Country Profile on Sustainable Energy Development. This report presents a comprehensive assessment of the Cuban energy system performed within a sustainable development framework. The study is one of a series of national studies being conducted by the IAEA in cooperation with a number of national and international organizations under a unique "Partnership" initiative officially registered with the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. To read the report please click here.
Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development: Guidelines and Methodologies. This publication presents a set of energy indicators for sustainable development and is a versatile analytical tool for countries to track their progress on energy for sustainable development. Please click here to read the publication in Spanish, French or English.
Financing of New Nuclear Power Plants - IAEA Nuclear Energy Series NG-T-4.2. This publication addresses the issues associated with the financing of new nuclear power plants. To read the publication please click here.
Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power: Developments and Projections - 25 Years Past and Future. This report is based on the annual IAEA publication, Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period up to 2030 (RDS-1). It provides harmonized data series on energy use, electricity generation and nuclear power generation for the 25 year period (1980–2005) and compares the nuclear power projections made in the past with the projections made in 2006. To read the publication please click here.
Assessing policy options for increasing the use of renewable energy for sustainable development: Modelling energy scenarios for Sichuan, China prepared by IAEA, UNDESA and UNEP, presents the results of a demonstration study for UN-Energy. To read the publication please click here.
Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development: Country Studies on Brazil, Cuba, Lithuania, Mexico, Russian Federation, Slovakia and Thailand, is a joint publication by the United Nations and the IAEA. To read the publication click here.
Energy for Sustainable Development: Policy Options for Africa, is a publication by UN-Energy/Africa with chapters contributed by UNIDO, UNDP, UN-Habitat, UNECA, the World Bank, and the IAEA. To read the publication click here.
Analyses of Energy Supply Options and Security of Energy Supply in the Baltic States (TECDOC-1541, Feb. 2007). To read the TECDOC-1541 please click here.
Nuclear Power and Sustainable Development. This brochure was published in May 2006 for the 14th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, and has now been translated into French and Spanish. Please click here to read the brochure in English, French or Spanish.
Brazil: A Country Profile on Sustainable Energy Development. The study represents the first of a series of national studies being conducted through a partnership initiative under the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in cooperation with COPPE, CENBIO and the UN. To read the report please click here.
Energy Policies for Sustainable Development in South Africa - Options for the Future. The study represents the second of a series of national studies being conducted through a partnership initiative under the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in cooperation with the Energy Research Centre of the University of Cape Town. To read the report please click here.