MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR GENERAL
" Nuclear power has a great deal to contribute to mitigating climate change. Together with hydropower, it remains the only energy source able to decarbonize electricity production on a national scale. As an indispensable driver of economic growth over the past fifty years, it has also managed to green the grid by avoiding the equivalent of 55 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. To meet the world’s climate goals, almost all electricity will need to be low carbon. That will only be possible if we increase our use of nuclear power. The IAEA plays a crucial role in this regard by working to reduce the chance of nuclear proliferation, while helping states to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, for example, to tackle plastic pollution.”
Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General
The International Atomic Energy Agency:
• Is an independent intergovernmental, science and technology-based organization, in the United Nations family, that serves as the global focal point for nuclear cooperation;
• Assists its Member States, in the context of social and economic goals, in planning for and using nuclear science and technology for various peaceful purposes, including the generation of electricity, and facilitates the transfer of such technology and knowledge in a sustainable manner to developing Member States;
• Develops nuclear safety standards and, based on these standards, promotes the achievement and maintenance of high levels of safety in applications of nuclear energy, as well as the protection of human health and the environment against ionizing radiation;
• Verifies through its inspection system that States comply with their commitments, under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and other non-proliferation agreements, to use nuclear material and facilities only for peaceful purposes.
ALIGNMENT WITH THE STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT IN THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM, 2020–2030
The IAEA collects and reports data on:
• Water usage
• GHG emissions
The IAEA achieved carbon neutrality in 2016 and, since then, continues to purchase credits to offset its carbon emissions.
As part of the Vienna International Centre (VIC), the Agency is powered by carbon-neutral electricity from 100% renewable resources.
The IAEA, as an organizer to the 63rd General Conference, significantly contributed in making the event a green meeting in accordance with the guidelines of the Austrian Ecolabel.
The IAEA’s Division of Conference and Document Services (IAEA/MTCD) in collaboration with the Conference Management Service of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV/CMS) achieved the ISO 14001 certification in 2011 and has maintained its certification since then.
The IAEA has made a significant effort to reduce staff and non-staff travel by increasing the use of virtual meetings. For instance, the IAEA held its first fully virtual meeting in July 2019, the International Conference on Theranostics (iViCT 2019).
In 2016, the IAEA received the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) certification for climate neutrality and has maintained this status since then.
Since 2016, there has been a decrease in carbon emissions due to efforts made to reduce air travel:
• Total emissions decrease of 26.5% (2016-2018 data)
• Per capita air travel emissions decrease 2tCO2/personnel (2016-2018 data)
The IAEA has made significant reductions in the use of fuel, mobile combustion, and refrigerants since 2016.
EMS AND REDUCTION EFFORTS
Emission reduction efforts are currently made on an ad-hoc basis.
Inventory Management Plans (IMPs)
The IAEA’s inventory consists of data for waste, GHG emissions, and water usage.
The IAEA will continue to offset its entire carbon emissions through carbon credit purchases from the UNFCCC.
The waste management is handled by UNIDO’s Building Management Services who delivers data to the IAEA.
WATER AND WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT
Water and wastewater management is also managed by UNIDO’s Building Management Services.