Rationale for setting-up a European Joint Programme in the field of RWM
Scientific and technical knowledge has been acquired over more than 40 years of geological disposal and has allowed countries to progress towards licensing (Finland, Sweden and France). RD&D effort at European level will continue to be necessary throughout the lifecycle of geological repository within the field of radioactive waste management in order to ensure optimization of management routes and of disposal solutions, and to comply with the Waste Directive obligations. RD&D will also continue to be compulsory to address evolving regulatory concerns. This RD&D must also be maintained and increased throughout the incremental development, operation and closure of disposal facilities in order to ensure innovation, competence maintenance, knowledge management. Setting-up a Joint Programme is a step change in European collaboration towards safe radioactive waste disposal through a credible and sustained science and technology programme fostering mutual understanding and trust, and ensuring societal visibility and transparency of research and development.
Overall aim of the JOPRAD project
The overall aim of the JOPRAD project (“Towards a Joint Programming on Radioactive Waste Disposal”) is to assess the feasibility and prepare, as an input data, the setting-up for a European Research Joint Programme that would bring together all R&D actors in the field of geological disposal of spent fuel and other high activity radioactive waste, including pre-disposal aspects (treatments, characterisation, conditioning…) and accompanying key horizontal activities (knowledge management, training…).
The Programme Document, main outcome of the JOPRAD Project
The main outcome of the JOPRAD project will be the Programme Document that will form the scientific and technical basis of future Joint Programme. The Programme Document will address:
A JOPRAD Workshop will be organised on 4th April 2017 in London to present the draft Programme Document. More specifically, this workshop will be the occasion to present:
The Programme Document Workshop is intended primarily for: