Pakistan urges IAEA to help fight global warming and climate change

Pakistan urges IAEA to help fight global warming and climate change

VIENNA (APP): Pakistan on Wednesday urged the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) to come forward and help Pakistan to effectively deal with the challenges of global warming and climate change.

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"IAEA and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), growing together for the last 60 years, can effectively confront one of the greatest challenges faced by humanity today that is global warming and the associated climate change", Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Muhammad Naeem said.

Addressing the 60th Session of the IAEA General Conference (GC), being held in Austria from Sept, 26 to Sept, 30 Muhammad Naeem said that Pakistan is one of the ten countries most affected by this change.

"It is for this reason that nuclear power's contribution in our energy mix is planned to be increased substantially in future.

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Nuclear technology also offers means of study and mitigation of climate change. The Agency may aggressively promote the development of relevant nuclear techniques. Technical cooperation programmes in this area should be strengthened," he added.

"Guided by the past interactions, Pakistan remains committed to collaborate even more with the Agency for harnessing the vast potential of nuclear technology. Nuclear Technology has made significant contribution to the socioeconomic development of the world; this contribution is bound to increase in the coming years.

"The sustainable development goals will require even more input of nuclear technology. Nuclear Power also has its role in the energy mix of the future; it has to make this contribution in a manner that is safe and beneficial. This is the reason that increasing number of countries are wishing to embark on nuclear power programme. This expansion requires a greater contribution on the part of the Agency as most of the countries wishing to start their nuclear power program look towards IAEA for guidance and support.

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"Over the years Pakistan has benefitted immensely from the expertise made available by the Agency in form of Technical Cooperation Program, Expert Missions; Operational Safety Review Teams(OSARTs) and Assessment of Safety Significant Event Teams(ASSETs) Missions," PAEC Chief said.

Pakistan's first - Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) - connected to the grid in 1972 continues to function without the vender support and has recently set new record of continuous operation.

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The safe and successful operation of KANUPP gave Pakistan the confidence to further pursue and advance the nuclear power option to cope with the country's severe electric power shortage. Two 325 MWe each, Chashma Nuclear Power Plants, units C-1 and C-2, continue to operate successfully and economically, two more units C-3 and C-4 in this series are expected to be connected to the grid in the coming months, he said.

"Two larger nuclear power plants K-2 and K-3 of 1100 Mwe each are also under construction in Karachi. With the commissioning of these units nuclear power will start to make a sizeable contribution to electricity generation in the country," he said.