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IAEA: Nuclear power helps scale down air pollutant emissions

MOSCOW, 23 June (BelTA) – Without nuclear power, we cannot meet our commitments to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere, IAEA Deputy Director General Mikhail Chudakov said during the roundtable discussion "Nuclear energy: the energy of the future or the relic of the past?" at the 9th international nuclear industry forum Atomexpo 2017 on 20 June, BelTA has learned.

"Nuclear power is set to remain the key component of the global energy industry in the coming decades due to its safety and economic efficiency. Without nuclear power, we will not be able to meet our commitments to reduce air pollutant emissions. If we take into account a nuclear plant’s entire life circle, nuclear energy is comparable with renewable energy sources in terms of the minimum amount of emissions,” Mikhail Chidakov remarked.

According to him, nuclear energy also boasts the safest innovative technologies that ensure the independence and safety of energy generation.

Today there are some 450 nuclear power reactors operating in 30 countries. They produce nearly 11% of the world’s electricity.

The international forum Atomexpo is organized by Rosatom on an annual basis. Over the years, the forum has become the largest international business and exhibition venue for discussing the current situation in the nuclear industry and shaping its further development. This year, the main topic of the forum is “Nuclear technologies – safety, ecology, sustainability”. Atomexpo 2017 brought together over 6,500 representatives of 653 companies from 65 countries. The forum traditionally comprises a specialized exhibition and a congress. This year it features a BelNPP stand, too.