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Media Advisory 2013/30

IAEA to Showcase Nuclear Technologies in Mitigating Climate Change

13 November 2013 | Mitigating the climate change in the energy sector will be the focus of a side event on 18 November 2013 at the global climate change conference currently under way in Warsaw. An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert will lead the panel discussion on the Economics of Mitigation: Energy Sector, Global Trade, and International Maritime Transport. The event will also feature speakers from the World Trade Organization, the International Maritime Organization, Poland's Ministry of Economy, and the International Chamber of Shipping.

The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) brings together representatives from 194 countries party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to review and promote progress in mitigating climate change and find solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

Ferenc Toth, Senior Energy Economist at the IAEA Planning and Economics Studies Section in the Department of Nuclear Energy, will moderate the session and deliver a presentation on mitigation in the energy sector. The discussion will focus on activities to support national efforts to find economically efficient and environmentally effective strategies for reducing greenhouse emissions in the energy sector and international maritime transport. It will also highlight the role of international trade to further these strategies.

Earlier this month, the IAEA issued its report on Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2013, which highlights nuclear power's contribution to the global climate change agenda. Building on the imperative that future low-carbon energy choices are necessary to reduce GHG emissions by 50-85% by 2050, as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it summarizes the potential role of nuclear power in mitigating global climate change and its contribution to other development and environment challenges. It also examines broader issues relevant for the climate change - nuclear energy nexus, such as costs, safety, waste management and non-proliferation.

Mr. Toth will be available to talk to members of the media during and after the event.

Date: 18 November 2013
Time: 16:45 - 18:15
Venue: COP 19, The National Stadium, Room Warsaw