The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, has emphasised that nuclear science and technology is essential in helping developing countries to support sustainable development.
Amano said this while opening the agency’s international conference in Vienna, Austria, UN News Centre reported.
Amano said: “Science and technology are critical for development. Transferring nuclear technology to developing countries is core IAEA business. Partnerships are an essential element of our work.”
“The technical cooperation programme has improved the health and prosperity of millions of people. I have seen for myself in visits to developing countries all over the world that technical cooperation projects deliver huge benefits to individuals, families and entire communities,” he added.
Nuclear science contributing to development
According to the press statement, lifting people out of poverty to support sustainable development was among the central topics in the opening speech of the conference.
Amano noted: “Energy is indispensable for development…huge increases in energy supply will be required in the coming decades to support economic development and lift some 2.6 billion people out of energy poverty.”
He also stated that many member states believe nuclear power can help them to address the twin challenges of ensuring reliable energy supplies, while curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
“Nuclear power is one of the lowest-carbon technologies available to generate electricity” he said.
“Nuclear power plants produce virtually no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants during their operation, and only very low emissions over their entire life cycle.”
Technical assistance to develop nuclear in Ghana
In a separate statement, the agency has pledged its commitment to offering targeted technical assistance in key areas to Ghana, as the country has demonstrated interest in the exploration.
The Deputy Director General, Mikhail Chudakov, said: “I’m encouraged that, even though Ghana is still in an early phase, it has already enacted a comprehensive nuclear law, established an independent Nuclear Regulatory Authority, and is currently reviewing existing and developing appropriate new regulations.”
According to local media the Chronicle, Chudakov presented a report to energy minister, Boakye Agyarko, titled, ‘Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Report on Nuclear Energy’.
Chudakov said the report highlights steps and processes, which have so far been taken by the country as far as nuclear power is concerned.
Receiving the report, Agyarko said: “If we are to make significant gains in providing reliable energy, then all options, including nuclear energy, must be considered. With the current level of growth in the demand for energy, we can no longer rely solely on our traditional resources of generating power. ”