Grossi and Granholm begin preparations for the IAEA’s International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Energy in 2022

Grossi and Granholm begin preparations for the IAEA’s International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Energy in 2022



IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm met today on the sidelines of the 65th DC on May 26-28. October 2022.

Mr Grossi and Secretary Granholm discussed a number of topics including nuclear power applications and nuclear safety and security measures. They said the conference will be a key area of ​​collaboration as teams from the IAEA and the United States begin to work together on the event, as the IAEA has just revised its forecasts for the potential future growth of nuclear energy for the first time in a decade, in that the world is trying to move away from fossil fuels to fight climate change.

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IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm met today on the sidelines of the 65th DC on May 26-28. October 2022.

Mr Grossi and Secretary Granholm discussed a number of topics including nuclear power applications and nuclear safety and security measures. They said the conference will be a key area of ​​collaboration as teams from the IAEA and the United States begin to work together on the event, as the IAEA has just revised its forecasts for the potential future growth of nuclear energy for the first time in a decade, in that the world is trying to move away from fossil fuels to fight climate change.

“I would like to thank the United States for offering to host this important IAEA event through the Department of Energy. It comes at a critical time as the world is looking for solutions to climate change and sustainable development, ”said Grossi. “Nuclear energy is already making a big contribution, but a conducive environment is needed to continue operating and developing and deploying it, including innovations such as small modular reactors.”

The Ministerial Conference will provide a forum for ministers, policymakers, senior officials and experts to have a high-level dialogue on the role of nuclear energy in the transition to clean energy, which contributes to sustainable development and mitigating climate change. Participants will discuss and share views on key issues related to the development and use of nuclear energy, including the resilience of the nuclear industry during the global COVID-19 crisis and its contribution to post-pandemic economic recovery.

“A growing number of countries see nuclear energy as an essential contribution to sustainable development and to mitigating climate change. This conference comes at a crucial time, and more will be at stake as the world seeks solutions to these challenges. The UN climate conference begins in Glasgow in just over a month. The agency will be holding several events at COP26 and I will be traveling there personally to convey the message that nuclear power is part of the solution to the climate crisis and needs a place at the negotiating table, ”Mr Grossi said during the meeting.

“Nuclear technology is a key technology for Member States as they want to reduce their emissions, grow their economies and, ultimately, fight climate change in a really sustainable way. It is an incredible honor for the United States to host the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Energy in 2022 at such a crucial time. “ said Secretary Granholm. “The US Department of Energy is committed to working with Director General Grossi and the IAEA to ensure a successful conference, and we strongly encourage all countries to send ministerial representatives to us as we realize the full potential of nuclear energy.”

32 countries operate nuclear reactors, which produce around 10 percent of the world’s electricity and more than a quarter of all low-carbon electricity. But the world fleet of 444 power chokes is aging and there is uncertainty about replacing it with new equipment, particularly in Europe and North America. Around 50 reactors with an electrical output of around 52.5 gigawatts are currently under construction, two thirds of them in Asia.

Meanwhile, around 30 so-called newcomer countries, including several in developing countries, are considering nuclear power or starting nuclear power and are working with the IAEA to introduce it in a safe and sustainable manner. Some are looking for new and emerging technologies such as SMRs and non-electrical applications of nuclear energy such as hydrogen generation to meet growing energy demands, air quality concerns and energy security.

At the ministerial conference originally planned for 2021 but postponed due to the global pandemic, participants at ministerial level will submit statements on their national energy strategies and visions for nuclear energy as well as on challenges for the introduction, maintenance or expansion of nuclear energy.

Panel discussions will address topical issues including the role of nuclear energy in the transition to net zero energy systems; Promoting political support and stronger conditions for investment in nuclear energy; the role of government and the need for adequate infrastructure for new nuclear programs; Maintaining and improving the performance of the existing reactor fleet in a changing economic, climatic and political environment; and advanced nuclear technologies.

The IAEA Ministerial Conference is organized in partnership with the International Energy Agency and in collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency. Previous editions took place in Abu Dhabi (2017), St. Petersburg (2013), Beijing (2009) and Paris (2005).

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