Climate change, energy & food needs shaping nuclear future, say IAEA
The world´s nuclear development is increasingly shaped by issues of economic and environmental development linked to concerns over energy, food, and climate change. In its latest Annual Report, the IAEA notes that more countries are seeking technical assistance in applications of nuclear science and technology, including nuclear power for electricity generation.
'Nearly every aspect of development - from reducing poverty to improving health care - requires reliable access to modern energy services. Faced with a growing shortfall of energy and rising fossil fuel prices, many countries are now looking to nuclear power as a way to increase the diversity of their energy supplies,' the report says. In 2007, the IAEA revised its medium term projections upwards for global growth in nuclear power to the year 2030.
The focus goes beyond energy. Scientists and researchers in 110 IAEA Member States are working together through joint projects targeting specific needs. More than 70% of funds channeled through the IAEA´s coordinated research activities, for example, are in respect of institutions in developing countries, primarily in the areas of food and agriculture and human health.
Delegates from the IAEA´s 144 Member States are meeting in Vienna starting 29 September at the Agency´s annual General Conference. Associated meetings include a forum on issues and developments shaping the IAEA´s future.