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Planning & Economic Studies Section (PESS):
Capacity Building for Sustainable Energy Development

CCNP 2016 publication

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP22) and the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP12) took place from 7 to 18 November 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco.


The IAEA jointly organized a side event together with the UN on "Meeting the 2°C Challenge: Nexus of Innovation and Clean Energy", which was convened on 17 November 2016, from 18:30-20:00, in OR 6. Mitigation of energy-related GHG emissions was at the centre of the negotiations on climate change. The event brought together the experiences from UN organizations to reflect on possible innovative technologies in clean energy that ensures access to affordable and modern energy whilst keeping global temperature increase to below 2°C.

NP + Paris Agreement


The IAEA provides support to its Member States in climate change mitigation and nuclear science. The IAEA exhibit at COP22 presented information on Sustainable Industries and Energy.

The IAEA brochure on Nuclear Power and the Paris Agreement was published specifically for the COP22 Conference. All low-carbon energy technologies, including nuclear power, are needed to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting the rise of global temperatures to below 2°C. This paper summarizes the potential role of nuclear power in climate change mitigation and sustainable development. Please click here to read the brochure. Additionally, information on nuclear power and climate change was distributed at the COP22/CMP12 meetings, including the IAEA publications on Nuclear Power and Sustainable Development and Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2016 (CCNP). The CCNP publication provides a comprehensive review of the potential role of nuclear power in mitigating global climate change and its contribution to other economic, environmental and social sustainability challenges. The report also examines broader issues relevant to the climate change–nuclear energy nexus, such as costs, financing, safety, waste management and non-proliferation. Recent and future trends in the increasing share of renewables in overall electricity generation and its effect on nuclear power are also presented. Please click here to read the publication. To read the CCNP publications from previous years, please click on the corresponding year: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. Moreover, the IAEA published the Nuclear Power and Sustainable Development Report. This publication explores the possible contribution of nuclear energy to addressing the issues of sustainable development through a large selection of indicators. It is a substantially revised edition relative to the 2006 information booklet in terms of structure and content. In the new edition, the sections are written in connection with the SDGs across the main dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, environmental and social dimensions. Please click here to read the publication. To read the press release on the NPSD 2016 report, please click here.