PESS overall objective: To strengthen Member States' capacities to use energy and nuclear power planning to elaborate sustainable energy strategies and conduct studies for energy system and electricity supply options, energy investment planning and energy environment policy formulation.
Sub-programme 1.3.1 Energy Modelling, Data and Capacity Building: 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 Energy Economy Environment (3E) Analysis: To improve Member States' understanding of nuclear technology's compatibility with national sustainable development objectives and its possible contributions to socioeconomic development, climate protection and energy security.
A number of IAEA Member States are at a very early stage of considering adding nuclear power to their national energy mix. An IAEA workshop, held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, addressed first steps to be taken and provided guidance and training in conducting energy assessments, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies on the introduction of nuclear power. Please click here to read more about this joint Nuclear Power Engineering and Planning and Economic Studies Section event.
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.
Summary of the IAEA's capacity building mechanisms
- Technical Cooperation (TC) Projects
- Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs)
- Regional and National Workshops & Training Courses
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. 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. Nuclear Power is one of the lowest-carbon technologies available to generate electricity and it can play a significant role in mitigating climate change, says IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano. Please click here to learn more about his two-day visit to France on 26-27 May 2015, where he met government officials and representatives of the nuclear industry to prepare for negotiating a legally binding, universal agreement on climate at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris to be held at the end of 2015. The IAEA participated in the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-20/CMP-10) from 1-12 December 2014 and co-organized a UN side event on mitigation of energy-related GHG emissions. Please click here to learn more about IAEA's participation at COP-20.
Impacts of Electricity Market Reforms on the Choice of Nuclear and Other Generation Technologies, TECDOC-1789, May 2016. The IAEA implemented a multicountry study in 2010–2014 to develop insights into the following questions: What has been the influence of reform and non-reform factors in shaping the technological landscape in various countries? More specifically, what are the prospects for nuclear power under alternative market reform schemes? This publication summarizes the insights drawn from detailed studies undertaken by researchers in participating IAEA Member States. Please click here to read the publication.
Modelling Nuclear Energy Systems with MESSAGE: A User's Guide - IAEA Nuclear Energy Series NG-T-5.2. Assessing nuclear energy transition scenarios requires appropriate modelling tools. The IAEA tool Model for Energy Supply System Alternatives and their General Environmental Impacts (MESSAGE) is described in this publication. The tool simulates the development of a complete energy system and provides a convenient platform for modelling and analysing nuclear energy systems (NES), as it can efficiently model nuclear technologies with their specific features. Among other things, the tool can help produce a description of an entire NES with time dependent parameters for long-term planning; confirm the feasibility of a NES through correlation and consistency of all NES components, taking into account all constraints and boundary conditions imposed on the system; balance fissile material in a closed fuel cycle and determine fuel cycle requirements. In addition, it assists the user in the choice of alternatives by comparison of different options relating to fuel requirements and volume and toxicity of waste. The publication provides a detailed guidance on how to build mathematical models representing complex nuclear energy systems within the framework of the MESSAGE tool. Please click here to read the publication.
Indicators for Nuclear Power Development - IAEA Nuclear Energy Series NG-T-4.5. The publication provides a comprehensive set of indicators that cover the key aspects of nuclear power development. Methodology sheets are provided to help users in data collection, quantification and interpretation of the indicators. The methodology sheets adopt the well established and proven templates developed for the publication Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development, published by the IAEA in 2005. The application of the indicators is flexible. Users can select a subset of indicators that are most relevant for the questions they wish to explore in a given exploratory study or decision making process. Please click here to read the publication.
Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2015. This report, which has been substantially revised relative to the 2014 report, provides a comprehensive review of the potential role of nuclear power in mitigating global climate change and its contribution to other economic, energy and environmental challenges. The report also examines broader issues relevant to the climate change–nuclear energy nexus, such as costs, investments, financing, safety, waste management and non-proliferation. Recent developments in electricity generation and distribution technologies and their impacts on nuclear power are also presented. Please click here to read the publication. To watch the interview on the CCNP 2015 report, please click here. To read CCNP publications from previous years, please click on the corresponding year: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.
Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period up to 2050 - RDS-1/35. Please click here to read the publication.
The IAEA's Nuclear Technology Review 2015. To read the NTR-2015 click here. To read NTRs from previous years click on the corresponding year: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002.
Climate Change and Nuclear Power (French edition), August 2015. Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, including COP 21, to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015, the IAEA released the French version of its scientific assessment of nuclear power’s role in meeting the climate–energy challenge: Changements Climatiques et Énergie Nucléaire. The report reiterates the fact that nuclear power is the second lowest CO2 emitter, considering emissions through entire life cycles, after hydro but ahead of wind and solar-based electricity. It also examines broader issues relevant to the climate change–nuclear energy nexus, such as costs, investments, financing, safety, waste management and non-proliferation. Recent developments in resource supply, changes in energy markets and technological developments are also presented. Please click here to read the publication.
Techno-economic Comparison of Geological Disposal of Carbon Dioxide and Radioactive Waste, TECDOC-1758, December 2014. This publication presents results of an IAEA coordinated research project and demonstrates that there are ample opportunities to learn from comparisons and to derive insights that will assist scientists and experts involved in research and development of geological disposal as well as policymakers responsible for national energy strategies and international climate policies. To read the TECDOC-1758 please click here.
Energy Policy, Vol. 74S1, 2014. Energy plays a key role in sustainable development. Energy has been seen as a crucial enabler of achieving the millennium development goals in the near term and of transition to long term sustainability. This special issue of Energy Policy explores the potential contribution of nuclear energy to solving the sustainable development challenge. Papers in the special issue address using uranium as a finite natural resources, seawater desalination, human health impacts and accident risks of power generation technologies, and the potential role of nuclear energy in Africa’s sustainable development. Please click to see the table of contents, the editorial and the link to the special issue on the Energy Policy website.
International Journal of Global Energy Issues, Vol. 37, 2014. As negotiations about a new global climate change agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) intensify, many IAEA Member States explore low carbon energy technologies like nuclear power and fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage. Geologic disposal is considered the appropriate way to isolate the resulting wastes (radioactive used fuel and carbon dioxide, respectively) from the biosphere. This special issue of the International Journal of Global Energy Issues presents the results of an IAEA Coordinated Research Project consisting of comparative assessments in six thematic papers. Please click to see the title page, the table of contents and the Preface.
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.
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.
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.