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EURAD: European Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste Managment

EURAD aims to implement a joint Strategic Programme of research and knowledge management activities at the European level, bringing together and complementing EU Member State programmes in order to ensure cutting-edge knowledge creation and preservation in view of delivering safe, sustainable and publicly acceptable solutions for the management of radioactive waste across Europe now and in the future. It promotes more effective and efficient public RD&D funding in Europe, and a deepening of research-cooperation between Member States.

Overview

Project Status: Ongoing

Project Website: www.ejp-eurad.eu

EURAD supports the implementation of the Waste Directive in EU Member-States, taking into account the various stages of advancement of national programmes. National radioactive waste management (RWM) programmes across Europe cover a broad spectrum of stages of development and stages of advancement, particularly with respect to their plans and national policy towards implementing geological disposal. Programmes differ significantly depending on the national waste inventory, with some member states only responsible for relatively small volumes of medical and research reactor wastes, compared to others that have comparatively large and/or complex waste inventories from large nuclear power (and fuel reprocessing) and defence programmes. Programmes also differ significantly in the way in which they are managed, particularly with respect to the national policy and socio-political landscape with respect to longer-term storage and geological disposal.

EURAD gathers Waste Management Organisations (WMOs), Technical Support Organisations (TSOs) and Research Entities (REs) from Member-States

  • with no nuclear power programme operating, but with research, training or demonstration reactors, and/or other sources of radioactive waste;
  • with a nuclear programme;
  • with different amounts of radioactive waste to manage;
  • at different stages of advancement in the implementation of their national radioactive waste management programme; and
  • with plans for geological disposal for spent fuel, high-level waste and long-lived intermediate level waste, with different host rocks and different disposal concepts and at different stages of implementation.

EURAD Vision

EURAD has published a Vision Document, in which it sets out its goals, governing principles, scope and objectives, and its vision, which is:

A step change in European collaboration towards safe radioactive waste management (RWM), including disposal, through the development of a robust and sustained science, technology and knowledge management programme that supports timely implementation of RWM activities and serves to foster mutual understanding and trust between Joint Programme participants.

EURAD envisages the transition to a new era, featuring more effective and efficient public RD&D funding in Europe, and a deepening of research-cooperation between Member States. The aim is to implement a joint Strategic Programme of research and knowledge management activities at the European level, bringing together and complementing EU Member State programmes in order to ensure cutting edge knowledge creation and preservation in view of delivering safe, sustainable and publicly acceptable solutions for the management of radioactive waste across Europe now and in the future.

Objective

The EURAD Vision, Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and Roadmap will be delivered through a 5-year implementation phase broken down into a set of Work Packages, Tasks and Sub-Tasks. The following four types of activities shall contribute deliver against EURAD objectives.