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Regional Training Course on Evaluation of Cost-Effective Energy Technologies, Including Nuclear Power, as NDCs for Climate Change Mitigation

Date: 17 – 21 July 2017
Location: Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA
Language: English

Deadline for Nominations of Invited IAEA Member States: 17 March 2017


The 2015 Paris Agreement requires all countries to design various measures for combating the threats of climate change and submit to the UNFCCC their plans as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Energy systems, the major source of GHG emissions, will be the main targets for designing such measures. There is a need to identify and assess cost-effective low-carbon energy technologies for future investment decisions.

The national efforts should also be aligned with the international targets set in the Paris Agreement for holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above the pre-industrial levels, preferably below 1.5°C, as well as with the EU policies for the ambitious reduction to GHG emissions. The special tools and methodologies are needed to conduct the necessary assessments for developing realistic set on NDCs in each country. This training course will help strengthen local expertise for evaluating energy options, including nuclear power, to assess their role in combating climate change, and explore the possibilities for regional cooperation.

Expected Outputs

Local Professionals enhance their skills to assess the role of cost-effective energy technologies, including nuclear power, as their national NDCs for climate change mitigation.

Scope and Nature

The training course will consist of lectures on energy and hands-on work session in use of the IAEA's MESSAGE tool. The main topics to be covered will include:

  • Energy options and scenarios
  • Climate change threats
  • Enabling mechanisms for transition to low-carbon energy options
  • Methodological approaches for assessment of INDCs
  • Case studies on assessment of NDCs

Background Information

A number of countries in the region are interested in introducing or expanding nuclear power. This interest arises from concerns related to future energy demands, energy security, economic competitiveness and climate changes. The IAEA is implementing a regional project. RLA2015, Supporting the Development of National Energy Plans with the Purpose of Satisfying the Energy Needs of the Countries of the Region with an Efficient Use of Resources in the Medium and Long Term. Nuclear power is already helping reduce GHG emissions and can play a significant role in future. This course will help the participating countries to develop skills for the assessment of cost-effective energy technologies, including nuclear power, as NDCs for climate change mitigation.

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