New IGD-TP position paper published on the need for sustained collaborative research
The IGD-TP has just published its position paper on the need for sustained collaborative research, development and demonstration (RD&D) in the area of radioactive waste management and disposal.
This position paper has been produced and agreed by the European waste management organisations (WMOs) comprising the Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste – Technology Platform (IGD-TP). These organisations are charged at the national level with implementing European Union policy (Waste Directive 2011/70/Euratom). The paper sets out the IGD-TP’s view on the current and anticipated future need for co-ordinated collaborative RD&D in the area of radioactive waste management and disposal. Such collaborative research could be funded by the European Commission (i.e. through the EURATOM R&D programme), by the IGD-TP itself (i.e. multilateral WMO funding), or by smaller (i.e. bilateral) WMO partnerships. This paper has been produced to document this collective view and to help to provide clarity to policy makers and funding agencies.