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IAEA at COP28: Highlights

13 December 2023, 17:30 / Jeffrey Donovan

Nuclear Energy Makes History as Final COP28 Agreement Calls for Faster Deployment

Photo: D. Calma/IAEA

Nuclear energy made history today as the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) wrapped up in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai.

For the first time since the annual climate summits commenced in 1995, the 198 signatory countries to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) officially called for accelerating the deployment of low-emission technologies including nuclear energy to help achieve deep and rapid decarbonization, particularly in hard-to-abate sectors such as industry and through the low carbon production of hydrogen.

The appeal came in the 28th paragraph of the so-called Global Stocktake, a final agreement that assesses where the world stands on achieving the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement and how shortcomings might be rectified. Read the full story.

13 December 2023, 13:45

IAEA Director General on COP28 Agreement

12 December 2023, 17:15

Video: IAEA at COP28 News Wrap-up

11 December 2023, 15:15 / Sinead Harvey

COP28 Wraps Up: IAEA Looks Back on 'Watershed Moment' for Nuclear

Photo: D. Calma/IAEA

After a busy two weeks highlighting the role of nuclear technology and science in climate change mitigation and adaptation at COP28, the IAEA team has packed up the Atoms4Climate pavilion and is heading back to Vienna.

Within its broad agenda for COP28, the IAEA hosted and participated in around 50 events, including to deliver a landmark statement that “Net zero needs nuclear power”, officially announce the first-ever Nuclear Energy Summit, launch a new climate adaptation project and tour a research ship that sailed from Kuwait to the United Arab Emirates, COP28 host.

Nuclear technology is no longer taboo at COP and this year’s climate change conference was a watershed moment for the only energy source along with hydropower that has demonstrated the ability to decarbonize electricity supply on a national scale. Leaders from 22 countries on four continents announced a declaration to triple global nuclear energy capacity by 2050 to meet climate goals and energy needs.

In addition to the presentation of the #Atoms4Food initiative at a Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change and Food Security, the two weeks saw intense discussions on the innovative ways nuclear applications are providing countries with science based techniques for food, water and ocean challenges.

With nuclear power finally having its moment at COP28, and as the IAEA and nuclear advocates steadily increase their presence at the annual summit each year, IAEA staff walking out of the Blue Zone today already set about plans for COP29 in Azerbaijan.

12 December 2023, 11:30

Video: Interview with Isabelle Boemeke, World's First Nuclear Energy Influencer

11 December 2023, 9:45

New IAEA-KISR Ocean Health Project to Help Fill Gaps in Ocean Data

Photo: D. Calma/IAEA

The climate crisis has led to growing concern about the effects of a warmer and more acidic ocean on marine life and the people who depend on it. A new project launched on the margins of COP28 by the IAEA and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) aims to contribute to ocean health by helping to fill the gaps in our knowledge of marine ecosystems.

“Without reliable data, we would not be able to understand marine environments,” said IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi at the COP28 side event. “The IAEA is putting all its scientific apparatus to use for the protection of our planet. I welcome that and I am so pleased to work with KISR.”

The project will make use of KISR’s new state-of-the-art research vessel, ‘AlMostakshif' (‘The Explorer’). The ship is aptly named, as it will venture out onto the high seas to conduct new research on ocean acidification and marine pollution. KISR is already a longstanding partner of the IAEA and acts as a hub in the region for marine environment studies, providing its unique expertise in areas related to water, sediment and ocean organisms. Read the full story.

10 December 2023, 11:30

Managing Wetlands for Climate Change Adaptation and Groundwater Sustainability

Photo: Single.Earth/Unsplash

Wetlands cover approximately 5% of the earth’s land surface and offer a wide range of benefits.

A single acre of wetland can store roughly 1 million gallons of floodwater during storms or heavy rainfall, about twice the volume of an Olympic-size swimming pool, acting as a natural sponge.

However, due to climate change-induced alterations in precipitation patterns and rising sea levels, these invaluable functions of wetlands are increasingly at risk.

Isotope hydrology studies water movement and origin, tracing sources and pathways. It also aids in identifying water sources for wetland recharge, assessing groundwater-surface water interactions, and predicting wetland and groundwater responses to climate change.

Taking place on 10 December, from 10:00 – 11:00 (GMT +4), this event will highlight the role of isotope hydrology in understanding the complex interactions between wetlands, groundwater, and climate change. It will also highlight how incorporating isotope hydrology enhances management strategies for long-term sustainability.

9 December 2023, 14:30

Video: Interview with Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean

9 December 2023, 16:00 / Mary Albon

The Role of Sustainable Food Packaging in Achieving Food Security

Photo: UNIDO

Did you know that globally, one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted? This adds up to 1.3 billion tons per year, worth about USD 1 trillion. In a world where food security remains a challenge and hunger is on the rise, we need sustainable solutions to reduce food loss and waste.

Join us on Saturday, 9 December for a side event on “The Role of Sustainable Food Packaging in Achieving Food Security” at the Atoms4Climate Pavilion. Co-hosted by the IAEA and UNIDO, and in cooperation with the Emirates Environmental Group and the World Packaging Organization, this event will highlight the role that food packaging can play in reducing post-harvest food losses and waste and in building a sustainable food system. It will showcase sustainable food processing methods, including chemical-free technology using soft electrons, as well as best practices in sustainable packaging, such as circular and recyclable packaging.

9 December 2023, 14:45 / Mary Albon

Supporting Africa to Build Climate-Resilient Food Systems

Photo: N. Jawerth / IAEA

Although 282 million people in Africa face food insecurity due to climate change challenges, only 12 per cent of the needed climate financing is available, hindering efforts to address the continent’s vulnerabilities.

Building climate-resilient food systems requires approaches that tackle multiple risks to people and the environment. Integrating climate, food security, dedicated financial schemes and humanitarian assistance programs is required to support building food systems that would better anticipate and respond to climate-driven disasters.

On 9 December, the IAEA and UNIDO will co-host a side event on “Supporting Africa to build climate-resilient food systems” at the Atoms4Food Pavilion which will highlight the key issues needed to build climate-resilient food systems, including expanding climate-smart agriculture, scaling up climate finance, building community resilience, and designing food systems that are gender-, youth- and climate-sensitive. Contributors from diverse backgrounds will share innovative approaches to achieving resilient food systems in Africa in a context of climate change.

9 December 2023, 11:15

From Source to Tap: Unravelling the Link between Water Pollution and Sustainable Water Supply under Changing Climate

Photo: Matthew Feeney/Unsplash

Did you know that around 80% of wastewater worldwide goes back into the environment without proper treatment?

This untreated water often carries pollutants like chemicals, bacteria, and other harmful substances that can seep into our drinking water sources or affect the quality of water used for farming.

By comprehending how these pollutants move through our water systems, we can take steps to prevent contamination, safeguarding our water for future generations and ensuring safe drinking water and fertile lands for agriculture.

Taking place on 9 December, at 10:00 (GMT +4), this event will highlight the impact of water pollution on the natural environment and its downstream effects on the sustainability of water supply in the face of climate change. It will also showcase how isotope hydrology offers a powerful tool to unravel this complex web of interactions.

8 December 2023, 12:00

Video: A Net Zero Future Needs Nuclear Power

World leaders, engineering students, scientists, radiation experts and the next generation advocate for nuclear power for a net zero future.

6 December 2023, 18:00 / Matteo Barbarino

IAEA Opens Fusion Energy Discussion at COP28 as Momentum Keeps Growing

Fusion is developing fast and gaining momentum as a climate solution, the IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said at a COP28 event on fusion energy and climate on 1 December 2023 in Dubai. 

Progress is being made in fusion energy research and development around the world, and the IAEA is at the forefront of these efforts “uniting stakeholders as this technology progresses towards a low-carbon future,” the Director General said.

The IAEA has supported fusion research and development for decades, by fostering cooperation and coordination among the fusion community. At the event, Mr Grossi enjoyed a “constructive exchange” with Christofer Mowry, CEO of the US private fusion company, Type One Energy, and Chair of the Fusion Industry Association Board and Laban Coblentz, ITER Head of Communication.

“The IAEA has a very important role to play in bringing fusion energy to the world, by providing a robust platform which convenes key stakeholders in this endeavour,” said Christofer Mowry. “The fusion community needs the experience and capability which the IAEA provides as a strong global convener in critical areas like regulation, complementing other initiatives announced here at COP28”, Mowry said.

The IAEA recently released its first-ever World Fusion Outlook, a publication that aims to be the global reference for authoritative information and updates on fusion energy. Next year, the IAEA will hold the inaugural World Fusion Energy Group meeting. This 2024 gathering will unite fusion scientists, engineers, policy makers, financiers, regulators, and the private sector, enabling  collaboration as the fusion energy journey continues from the experimental stage towards demonstration, with the eventual goal of commercial fusion energy production. Read the full story.

 

6 December 2023, 15:00 / Jeffrey Donovan

Repurposing Coal Power Plant Sites with Low Carbon Nuclear

D. Calma/IAEA

As coal consumption continues to rise worldwide despite global efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions, several countries are eyeing a strategy for using advanced nuclear power including small modular reactors (SMRs) to reduce reliance on the most polluting fossil fuel. At an event today at the IAEA’s Atoms4Climate pavilion, speakers from Canada, Romania and the United States shared their experience and plans repurposing former coal sites for nuclear power—and thereby ensuring a just energy transition by reaping the economic and environmental benefits of switching to this clean and reliable technology.

The Canadian province of Ontario is one of the world’s leading examples of how replacing coal with nuclear can decarbonize electricity production and clean up local air pollution, and was highlighted in the book A Bright Future. The last coal fired electricity plant in Ontario was mothballed in 2014 and replaced with refurbished nuclear reactors that had previously been shut down. The results: electricity generation in Ontario produces about 25 grams of CO2 per kWh, well under levels consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement (50 grams), compared with 230 grams of CO2 per kWh previously.

The effort also cleaned up local air pollution. “We turned the sky from orange to blue in a matter of 15 years. How? With renewables as well, but largely on the back of nuclear production,” Pat Dalzell, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs for Bruce Power, which operates the province’s eight nuclear reactors, said at the IAEA event. “Now when you look up at the sky on a hot summer day in Toronto, the sky is blue,” he said, adding that nuclear power facilities in the province account for some 22,000 jobs, with another 5,000 expected to be created when the operating lifetime of existing reactors are extended for several more years. Read the full story.

6 December 2023, 11:15

IAEA and FAO Stress Tangible, Science-Based Solutions for Food Security at COP28

Scientist conducting research on radiation-induced mutation breeding to accelerate the natural plant mutation process in the Joint FAO/IAEA Centre’s Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria. (Photo: M. Casling/FAO)

At COP28, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and FAO Director General Qu Dongyu presented the #Atoms4Food initiative,  intended to alleviate the impacts of climate change on food security by improving agriculture and soil and water management using nuclear techniques.

“Food is a basic human right for everyone. We have to produce more with less because of the climate crisis. We need science-based solutions and a technically driven approach to contribute in the future,” Mr Qu told participants at a IAEA-FAO high-level event on 1 December at COP28.

Director General Grossi outlined the IAEA-FAO support envisioned under the #Atoms4Food initiative. “We are going to start with the self-assessments made by countries, because we believe that we need to follow their approaches and what is concerning for them. Then we will roll out tailormade projects and programmes for them,” said Mr Grossi.  “We are moving in a concrete way – not too much talk, but action. We will bring to the countries the solutions they need,” he said.

The new initiative builds upon the nearly 60 years of IAEA-FAO collaboration through the Joint FAO/IAEA Centre of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. It combines the organizations’ unique strengths to the benefit of populations facing hunger. The IAEA, through the Joint Centre, uses nuclear applications to support countries to identify and solve challenges caused by climate change.  Read the full story.

6 December 2023, 11:15

Global Water Analysis Laboratory (GloWAL) Network: Supporting the UN Water Action Agenda with Essential Data

Photo: Amritanshu Sikdar/Unsplash

Almost all of the Earth’s water is salty, less than three per cent is freshwater.

Our main source of freshwater water is underground water, which is not always easy to access. Laboratories that can generate reliable data in a timely manner are the cornerstone of any country’s capacity to better understand and manage their water resources.

At the UN Water Conference 2023, gaps and omissions in data and information were consistently highlighted as impediments to the ability of countries to effectively manage their water resources. In response, the IAEA created the Global Water Analysis Laboratory (GloWAL) Network, which is designed to improve capacity in the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of water chemistry and isotopes data.

The GloWAL Network side event, 6 December, from 16:00 - 17:00 (GMT +4) will inform participants about progress made on the Water Action Agenda resulting from the UN Water Conference 2023, empower countries in data generation, and discuss opportunities and benefits for countries participating in the Network.

6 December 2023, 19:15

Cryosphere - Impact of the Retreat of Glaciers

Photo: Michael Fenton/Unsplash

Melting glaciers, collapsing ice shelves, thawing permafrost – these are some of the most visible impacts of climate change.

Glaciers around the world have been losing over 200 billion metric tons of ice per year, contributing significantly to rising sea levels.

Glaciers play a crucial role in regulating global water resources. Retreating glaciers disrupt water cycles, threatening freshwater resources, ecosystems, agriculture, and communities that rely on glacial meltwater.

The Himalayan glaciers, crucial water sources for millions of people, have been receding at an alarming rate of approximately 10 meters (33 feet) per year.

The IAEA event, Cryosphere: The impact of retreating glaciers, will take place on 6 December at 11:00 (GMT +4). The panel discussion will focus on the high-risk areas of cryosphere melting and glacier retreat and the IAEA's efforts in addressing where glacier melt water is going and its impact on the longevity of groundwater reserves.

The discussion will also explore implementation actions ahead of the 2025 International Year of Glaciers’ Preservation conference in Tajikistan.

5 December 2023, 13:00 / Sinead Harvey

Nuclear Safety Assurances for Power Plants: Meeting the Demand for Low Carbon Power

Photo: K.Vargas/IAEA

Expanding the use of nuclear power as a clean energy source to fight climate change will require the renewed focus on how a warming climate impacts on the safety of nuclear power plants.

During an event held on 4 December in the Energy Transition Hub at COP28, speakers from the IAEA, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Electricité de France (EDF) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) discussed how nuclear power operators, nuclear regulators and international organizations must work together to meet the challenges affecting the safety of plants.

“For nuclear power to play a wider role in the quest towards net zero carbon emissions, a focused approach on hazard assessment from a warming climate and safety designs to mitigate the impacts on nuclear power infrastructure must be ensured,” said Paolo Contri from the IAEA Division of Nuclear Installation Safety.

The event was jointly organized by the IAEA and FANR. Sara Al Saadi, Director of Nuclear Safety, informed the audience about FANR’s Integrated Operational Nuclear Safety (IONS) project, a real-time environmental and climate monitoring system linked to the operation of the UAE’s Barakah Nuclear Power Plant. “Driven by artificial intelligence, and integrated with the IAEA’s Event Notification System, IONS will bolster the safety and resiliency of our nuclear power plant against the negative effects of climate change.”

Coming on the heels of IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi’s announcement of a landmark IAEA statement declaring that “net zero needs nuclear power”, the panel discussed prevention and mitigation of the effects of climate change on the safety of nuclear installations. On the suggestions of the panellists, four tracks were identified as being essential for safety: data collection on potential safety impacts at international level; modelling of expected hazards; capacity building for safety and regulatory preparedness.

With the efforts underway to ensure safety of nuclear power plants against the effects of climate change, resilient and robust nuclear power has the potential to play a wider role in the quest towards net zero carbon emissions.

5 December 2023, 11:00 / Mary Albon

Antimicrobial Resistance and Climate Change: Two Interlinked Global Challenges

Photo: M. Garcia / IAEA

The growth in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the lesser-known impacts of climate change.

As temperatures rise, so does the prevalence of AMR, creating a dangerous synergy that threatens human, animal and environmental health. Severe flooding caused by climate change leads to overcrowding, poor sanitation and pollution – creating ideal conditions for the spread of AMR.

To learn more, please join us today, on 5 December for an event on “Antimicrobial Resistance and Climate Change: Two Interlinking Global Challenges” which will be held in the Atoms4Climate Pavilion.

The event will highlight the urgent need for a comprehensive response to AMR that recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health – and takes climate change into account.

5 December 2023, 11:00

New IAEA Climate Adaptation Project Launched at COP28

An IAEA event on building resilience in food and water systems using conventional and nuclear technologies was held 2 December 2023 at COP28 in Dubai. (Photo: N. Jawerth/IAEA)

A new international IAEA technical cooperation project, launched on 2 December 2023 at a COP28 side event, will catalyze the IAEA’s existing climate adaptation activities in food and water security to harness the already expansive interregional networks of laboratories and facilitate international collaboration. The new climate adaptation project aims to support national efforts to ensure successful and sustainable solutions to the impacts of climate change. Read the full story.

3 December 2023, 9:15 / Jeffrey Donovan

Can We Google Our Way to an Enduring Climate Solution?

Representatives of French bank BNB Paribas, US tech firm Google, OECD/NEA and the World Nuclear Association took part in an IAEA event on driving investments into low carbon nuclear power for climate action at the Agency’s Atoms4Climate pavilion at COP28 in Dubai on 3 December. (Photo: IAEA)

Significant investments in nuclear power will be needed to triple its generating capacity and reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as more than 20 countries have committed to here at COP28.

An IAEA event at COP28 on 3 December, speakers from US-based tech company Google and French bank BNB Paribas as well as OECD/NEA and the World Nuclear Association explored ways to unlock investments for a bright nuclear power future. Among their suggestions: redesign electricity markets so that they accord appropriate value to clean firm energy sources like nuclear; enable the World Bank and other international financial institutions to invest in nuclear power; and tap into corporate energy buyers by having them secure long term purchase power agreements for new nuclear energy projects or provide early stage capital.

Devon Swezey, Senior Manager, Global Energy and Climate at Google, said tech companies will need ever greater amounts of electricity to power operations such as data centers, and that advanced nuclear power is an option under consideration. He said Google has set a goal to operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy around the clock by 2030, matching the company’s electricity demand on the same grid they consume it with clean power on an hour by hour basis.

“We know that wind, solar and batteries will be core technologies to drive decarbonization of our consumption. But we also need technologies, and in particular firm, dispatchable, carbon free electricity technologies to complement variable renewables and deeply decarbonize electricity consumption most cost effectively,” Swezey said at the event. “Two months ago we released a report about these advanced clean electricity technologies, including advanced nuclear power, and how corporate buyers of clean energy can help reduce barriers to commercialization of those technologies. We’re hoping to work with many clean energy buyers in the industry to scale these technologies like advanced nuclear in the coming decades, and achieve 24/7 clean power not just for Google, but for everyone.”

3 December 2023, 11:00 / Mary Albon

Ocean Acidification in the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean: Scaling Down Risks and Scaling Up Solutions

Photo: E. McDonald / IAEA

The Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea are all delicate marine ecosystems, home to abundant coral reefs and the source of food and livelihoods for millions of people living along their coasts. They are also vulnerable to the effects of climate change, particularly ocean acidification.

On 3 December, learn more about ocean acidification in this region at an event on “Ocean acidification in the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean: scaling down risks and scaling up solutions” which will be held at the Atoms4Climate Pavilion at 14.00 (GMT +4).

The side event will highlight success stories and lessons learned from over a decade of collaborations between the IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre and scientific and government institutions in the region. The focus will be on current and projected challenges to marine food chains, related economic activities and seafood security, with a view to optimal pathways for effective and sustainable adaptation and mitigation solutions.

3 December 2023, 10:45

Climate Smart Agriculture Solutions to Combat Salinity and Climate Change

Photo: M. Casling/FAO

Every day for the past 20 years, about 2,000 hectares of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid regions have been damaged by salinization. Soil salinity, made worse by the escalating impacts of climate change, now affects nearly one-fifth of the world's total agricultural land, with a negative impact on crop production and food security.

On 3 December, learn about how nuclear techniques are being used to tackle this challenge at a side event on “Climate Smart Agriculture Solutions to Combat Salinity and Climate Change” at the UNFCCC COP28 Atoms4Climate Pavilion.

This event will shed light on how climate change impacts soil salinization and crop production, and will highlight climate smart solutions.

2 December 2023, 18:30

IAEA’s Grossi, Prime Minister De Croo and President Macron Announce Nuclear Energy Summit for 2024

2 December 2023, 11:15

Video: Leaders Announce Nuclear Energy Summit for 2024 at COP28

A first-of-its-kind nuclear energy summit will be held next year, it was announced at COP28 today. Leaders from around the world will gather in Brussels in March 2024 to highlight the role of nuclear energy in addressing the global challenges to reduce the use of fossil fuels, enhance energy security and boost economic development. Watch the video.

2 December 2023, 14:00 / Jeffrey Donovan

IAEA Opens Atoms4Climate Pavilion at COP28 as Global Support for Nuclear Power Grows

President of Armenia, Vahagn Khachaturyan, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, Kazakhstan Minister of Energy Satkaliyev Almassadam, and Juhani Damski, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment of Finland at the Net Zero Needs Nuclear Power event at COP28. (Photo: Dean Calma/IAEA)

IAEA Director General Grossi and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo today officially announced the first-ever Nuclear Energy Summit, to be held in Brussels in March next year. The announcement came at a COP28 event in Dubai where more than 20 countries on four continents pledged to triple nuclear power generating capacity by 2050 to achieve global climate goals.

The summit featuring world leaders will highlight the role of nuclear energy in addressing the global challenges to reduce the use of fossil fuels, enhance energy security and boost economic development.

Amid the rising wave of international support for scaling up the use of nuclear power, Mr Grossi opened the IAEA’s Atoms4Climate pavilion at COP28 on 1 December, kicking off almost two weeks of events aimed at highlighting the role of nuclear technology and science in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The event featured a lively conversation between Mr Grossi and Isabelle Boemeke, also known as Isodope, the world’s first nuclear influencer.

Read more here.

2 December 2023, 14:45

Ensuring Freshwater Availability

Two billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water, according to the United Nations. With the help of nuclear science we can ensure its future availability and its sustainable management. Read more here.

2 December 2023, 14:45

Photos: Net Zero Needs Nuclear Power

2 December 2023, 10:30 / Melissa Evans

Atoms4Climate: Building Resilience in Food and Water Systems Using Conventional and Nuclear Technologies

An IAEA event on building resilience in food and water systems using conventional and nuclear technologies was held 2 December 2023 at COP28 in Dubai. (Photo: N. Jawerth/IAEA)

Join us on 2 December from 11:00-12:00 (GMT +4) at the Atoms4Climate Pavilion. Country representatives will come together with members of the private sector to discuss comprehensive and sustainable climate adaptation solutions to bridge the gap between science and policy at ‘Building Resilience in Food and Water Systems Using Conventional and Nuclear Technologies.’

Accelerated action on climate adaptation is needed urgently. For many countries, the Paris Agreement’s global goals are not an abstract future aspiration, but a necessity here and now, grounded in today’s reality.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi will present innovative solutions and new IAEA projects and initiatives. Panelists will have the opportunity to highlight the climate adaptation work of their organizations. Particular emphasis will be given to nuclear techniques in the context of climate adaptation programmes and the areas of agriculture, food security, water management and livestock.

The event will be livestreamed

6 December 2023, 18:00

IAEA Opens Fusion Energy Discussion at COP28 as Momentum Keeps Growing

1 December 2023, 12:15

IAEA Statement on Nuclear Power, COP28

“Net zero needs nuclear power,” the IAEA said in a statement delivered by Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, at COP28 in Dubai today. The landmark statement was backed by dozens of countries.  Read the media release and full statement, which is also avaliable in Arabic, ChineseFrench, Russian and Spanish. See photos here.

1 December 2023, 14:45

Photos: IAEA Director General Grossi and Nuclear for Climate Youth Group

1 December 2023, 9:15

Media Advisory: IAEA Chief to Announce Statement on Nuclear Power at High Level Event Today at COP28

Photo: D.Calma/IAEA

The IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi will today announce the IAEA Statement on Nuclear Power at a high level event at COP28.

Supported by dozens of countries, the statement will highlight the role of nuclear power in fighting climate change as part of a low carbon energy mix.

Media are invited to attend the event and ask questions directly to Director General Grossi.

The event takes place Friday, 1 December at 15:00 (11:00 GMT), in the Shared Presentations Stage 3, Area B7, Building 88 in the Blue Zone.

The event will be livestreamed. See the media advisory.

1 December 2023, 10:00 / Matteo Casling

Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change and Food Security: The Role of Nuclear Science and Technology

Scientist conducting research on radiation-induced mutation breeding to accelerate the natural plant mutation process in the Joint FAO/IAEA Centre’s Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria. (Photo: M. Casling/FAO)

Did you know that last year, over 735 million people around the world went to bed hungry?

Food insecurity is on the rise, and climate change is making it worse. Increasing climate extremes are causing more and more crops to fail, even as global food demand continues to grow.

Join us on 1 December for a high-level dialogue on “Climate Change and Food Security: The Role of Nuclear Science and Technology” co-hosted by the IAEA and the FAO at the COP28 Food and Agriculture Pavilion. The discussion will showcase how innovative nuclear and related techniques can help to transform agrifood systems and support climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The event, which will be opened by FAO Director General Qu Dongu and IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, will feature a roundtable discussion with high-level representatives from countries around the world who will share success stories of how nuclear techniques have contributed to more productive and more resilient agriculture in their countries.

Follow the livestream at www.foodpavilion.com

30 November 2023, 9:30

Photos: Behind the Scenes at COP28, Day 1

30 November 2023, 16:45

Video: IAEA Comes to COP28

30 November 2023, 16:30

Now available: Media Kit for the IAEA at COP28

The media kit is provided to help the media in reporting on the role of nuclear, and the IAEA, in addressing the climate crisis. It contains key messages, web stories and more. Videos, b-roll and high-resolution images are also available. The content complements the IAEA Atoms4Climate pavilion at COP. Read the media advisory for more.

30 November 2023, 9:30

Kuwait Monitors Marine Ecosystems Using Nuclear Science

kuwait marine ecosystem

Monitoring Marine Ecosystem: For more than ten years, the IAEA has worked with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) to develop and apply nuclear techniques for monitoring the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems. The information gathered informs policies needed to ensure the resilience of marine ecosystems and coastal communities. Read more here.

30 November 2023, 9:45 / Mary Albon

Promoting Ocean Health with the Research Vessel AlMostakshif

Photo: KISR

The ocean plays a key role in regulating the Earth’s climate, supporting biodiversity, providing food and sustaining life on our planet.

Climate change is causing significant changes in the ocean that can have negative effects on these essential processes. Protecting ocean health must be a global priority.

Join us today, 30 November in our Atoms4Climate Pavilion or via the livestream for an event on “Promoting Ocean Health with the Research Vessel AlMostakshif” to learn about the new IAEA-KISR Ocean Health project, which will contribute to the global effort to protect our ocean through innovative research and capacity building on ocean acidification, blue carbon, marine pollution and more.

Co-hosted by the IAEA and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), the event will take place in the Atoms4Climate Pavilion at 16:00 (GMT +4).

30 November 2023, 9:15

IAEA Director General in Dubai for COP28

30 November 2023, 9:00

IAEA Atoms4Climate Pavilion Opens

Photo: IAEA

The IAEA Atoms4Climate Pavilion is open for visitors at COP28! The space is a focal point to showcase nuclear science and technology solutions for climate change mitigation, adaptation and monitoring.

COP28 attendees are invited to join the full programme of events. From cutting-edge reactor technologies to applications in food, agriculture and water management, visitors can learn about the diverse ways nuclear can address the challenges of a rapidly changing climate. Each event will be available to livestream here. See you at the Atoms4Climate Pavilion!

30 November 2023, 8:30

IAEA at COP28: The Role of Nuclear Technology in Climate Change Monitoring, Mitigation and Adaptation

Photo: D.Calma/IAEA

As world leaders convene at this year's UN Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP28, the IAEA will host and participate in around 50 events from 30 November to 12 December 2023, highlighting the solutions nuclear science and technology can provide in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and monitoring.

The IAEA’s Atoms4Climate pavilion in the Blue Zone will feature events focussing on four areas: energyfoodoceans and water. Low carbon nuclear energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while nuclear techniques can be used to enhance global food security, monitor ocean health, and improve access to clean water — all of which are impacted by climate change.

IAEA Director General, Rafael Mariano Grossi, will announce the IAEA Statement on Nuclear Power supported by dozens of countries, in a flagship event on Friday 1 December that will highlight the role of nuclear power as part of the energy mix. The event will be livestreamed

See the IAEA at COP28 page for the complete list of IAEA and partner events. Read the full story here.

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