Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology

The Division formulates and implements the IAEA's activities regarding the nuclear fuel cycle, waste management and research reactors. It focuses on safe, secure, environmentally sound and cost-effective activities that support nuclear power, including the fuel cycle, waste management, decommissioning of nuclear installations and environmental remediation; access to and operation of research reactors; and waste management strategies and technologies covering all activities that generate radioactive waste, including disused sealed radioactive sources.

  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section

    This Section helps Member States develop responsible uranium production, improve nuclear fuel performance and safety, manage spent fuel through long-term storage, reprocessing and recycling, and develop new fuels and fuel cycles for innovative nuclear reactors. It also offers support for the safe operation and improvement of fuel fabrication facilities. Read more →

  • Research Reactor Section

    The Section assists Member States in every step of a research reactor’s life cycle, including developing the nuclear infrastructure needed for the facility’s safe and secure construction, operation and utilization. On request, it helps Member States  reduce the amount of highly enriched uranium used in their research reactors. Read more →

  • Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Section

    This Section supports Member States with information and provides best practices for the strategic, organizational, managerial and technological aspects of decommissioning of nuclear facilities and environmental remediation of contaminated sites. Complementing related IAEA programmes, the Section works to enhance Member States' capabilities in the areas of decommissioning and environmental remediation. The Section also promotes consideration of the end of life of nuclear power plants and other facilities early in their planning stages. Read more →

  • Waste Technology Section

    This Section supports Member States to identify and apply safe, prompt and cost effective solutions to manage all forms of radioactive waste resulting from the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear applications. In close coordination with other IAEA programmes, it fosters technology and knowledge transfer, the adoption of sound policies and strategies, and promotes information exchange, with the aim of building Member States' capacity in all aspects of radioactive waste management. Read more →


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