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

Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs)

PESS currently has two actively on-going CRPs and one new CRP which is currently open for proposals, as described below. In relation with the new CRP, please kindly visit Coordinated Research Activities for more information and for downloading and submitting a proposal application form.

CRP on Assessments of the Potential Role of Nuclear Energy in National Climate Change Mitigation Strategies

The objective of this CRP is to coordinate research efforts by Member States, supported by in-house activities, on the assessment of the potential role of nuclear energy in mitigating climate change. It will draw on background material prepared by the IAEA, scientific and technical support and on the experience of the Member States in decarbonizing their electricity projects. The investigations will focus on the assessment and effectiveness of support mechanisms (i.e. domestic policies, carbon pricing) recognized under the “Paris Agreement” in order to identify key barriers and develop approaches to address investments in low carbon technologies, including nuclear. A set of analytical IAEA tools or Member States’ own models or tools will be combined, tested and applied to assess the potential role of low carbon electricity generation projects, including nuclear, within long-term national GHG mitigation strategies. The variety of starting points and national circumstances will provide invaluable opportunity to both developed and developing Member States to share information in identifying least-cost decarbonisation strategies. Country project proposals are in evaluation and the first RCM is scheduled to be held in 2017.

CRP on Assessing the National and Regional Economic and Social Effects of Nuclear Programmes

The overall objective of this CRP is to enhance capabilities of Member States for macroeconomic impact analysis of nuclear projects at the national and regional level through introduction (further-development) of state-of-the-art economic modelling techniques and databases. In terms of policy-making, it is intended that this CRP will help Member States embarking on new nuclear programmes to objectively gauge how those programmes would perform in the overall context of their national economy. 11 active country projects are underway including 2 agreements and 9 research contracts. Two Research Coordination Meetings (RCMs) have been held and the third RCM will be held in 2017.

CRP on Financing Nuclear Investments

The objective of the CRP is to draw on the experience of those Member States which have successfully financed an NPP and those who are in the process of attempting to do so, in order to help ‘newcomers’ and others to understand financing processes, costs and structures. The relative importance of different types of risk (e.g. construction risk, market risk) in determining financing costs is being addressed, as well as different models for allocating risk between stakeholders in nuclear projects. 12 active country projects are underway including 2 agreements and 10 research contracts. Two Research Coordination Meetings have been held and the third RCM will be held in November 2016.

CRP on Techno-economic Evaluation of Options for Adapting Nuclear and other Energy Infrastructure to Long-term Climate Change and Extreme Weather

The Planning and Economic Studies Section (PESS) at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) initiated a Coordinated Research Project (CRP) in which participants identify the risks from climate change and extreme weather events facing nuclear energy and other types of energy infrastructure in their respective countries in a comparative assessment. The CRP research objectives were 1) to foster Member States’ capacity in evaluating the climate-related risks facing nuclear power and other energy infrastructure in a comparative assessment, 2) to develop, test and improve an analytical framework for identifying and assessing risks from climate change and extreme weather events; 3) to provide a forum in which Member States can share information about how to respond to these risks, 4) to help Member States develop economically viable risk-based options for adaptation, and 5) to prepare a state-of-the-art in-depth catalogue of risks and options relevant to the regions and energy systems represented by CRP participants. 10 country projects under research contracts were underway and three Research Coordination Meetings were held under this CRP, which was completed in 2016. A report on Techno-Economic Evaluation of Options for Adapting Nuclear and other Energy Infrastructure to Long-Term Climate Change and Extreme Weather will be published in 2016.

CRP on Assessing Interdependencies between Energy, Water, Land-use and Climate Change

The main objective of the CRP was to assess interdependencies and interactions among climate, land-use, energy, water (CLEW). The aim was to support coherent policies for the development and management of these resources, and to develop an integrated assessment framework for evaluation of alternative strategies. In pursuit of these objectives, 10 active country projects were underway including 3 agreements and 7 research contracts. Two RCMs have been held and most CRP participants have also taken part in other CLEW related activities. The CRP was completed in 2015. A CLEW synthesis report will be published in 2016.