International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Vienna, Austria

Focal Point: Paul J Kilmartin


Key Figures: Greenhouse gas emissions



Key Figures: Waste


Key Figures: Water


** Please note that the following information was last updated November 2017 **




The Agency shall seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world. It shall ensure, so far as it is able, that assistance provided by it or at its request or under its supervision or control is not used in such a way as to further any military purpose. The IAEA works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. Its key roles contribute to international peace and security, and to the World's Millennium Goals for social, economic and environmental development.


Experience so far


As a first step basic systems are now in place for the measurement and recording of waste a more structured approach will be developed.


Reduction efforts


General Conference 2016 GC60 was organized in compliance with the Austrian Eco-label criteria and was officially certified a ‘Green Meeting’ – it has moved the Agency a step closer to the age of paperless meetings and has kept the ecological impact of the General Conference as low as possible by providing organisers and participants with the: 

  • IAEA Conference App - a tool for preparing, supporting and efficient evaluation of conferences on-line;
  • Number of new documents (previously printed) on IAEA GC website, easily accessible and up-to-date.

Board of Governors meetings were introduced with the electronic display of agenda items and list of speakers, which has reduced the number of printed out copies by 80%.




Following on from the Vienna International Centre carbon neutral facility in 2015, the Agency has off set 100% of its emissions in 2016.

Offset was for 34,858 tons of CO2 equivalent.


Waste management

Publishing (Printing and Distribution)

By demonstrating compliance with the environmental laws and regulations through continuous reduction of paper use and electricity consumption, increase of on-line publications, International Atomic Energy Agency Publishing has maintained the ISO 14001 certification, which is a globally recognized management tool designed to ensure the effectiveness of environmental management systems.


Next steps


IAEA plans on introducing an environmental management system (EMS).


For more information on sustainability activities at IAEA, please visit their website.

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