The main objective of the IGD-TP is to initiate and carry out collaborative actions in Europe to facilitate the stepwise implementation of safe, deep geological disposal of spent fuel, high-level waste, and other long-lived radioactive waste by solving the remaining scientific, technological and social challenges, and thereby supporting Member State waste management programmes. The IGD-TP intends to enhance confidence in the solutions and implementation of geological disposal, to reduce overlapping work, to produce savings in the total cost of Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D), and to make better use of existing competences and research infrastructures.
To this end, the IGD-TP developed its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), which was consulted upon publicly in 2010 and published in 2011. The SRA is dedicated to identifying the main RD&D issues that need a co-ordinated effort, particularly those for which enhanced co-operation within the IGD-TP is considered desirable and practically achievable. Research areas and cross-cutting activities identified in the SRA are listed below. An overview is provided for each research area along with the defined IGD-TP objectives and priority topic areas. A brief summary of relevant activities and projects in each research area is provided, including work performed by IGD-TP members and by other parties.
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Research in this area aims to consider how consistent safety cases across the different waste management programmes can be developed, how safety assessment concepts and models can be developed and refined, and how sensitivity and uncertainty treatment can be improved.
This research aims to improve understanding of the behaviour of various wastes in geological disposal facilities in order to better quantify the processes controlling radionuclide, chemical and gas release from waste forms, to improve the quality of models used in safety assessments and to adequately define the types and magnitudes of uncertainties associated with various processes.
This research area involves demonstrating and optimising technology and construction of a repository and its components, including confirming a feasible and safe operational phase and ensuring that the required safety functions are provided in the long-term after repository closure.
This research area deals with the integration of new developments during the lifetime of a geological repository.
This research area is concerned with the protection of operators and members of the public that might possibly be affected by construction and operations in or at geological disposal facilities.
Monitoring research includes practical monitoring technologies and techniques, as well as monitoring strategies and programmes.
A broad range of different types of qualifications, competence and expertise is needed for every stage of a repository development programme. Updating and improving knowledge on radioactive waste disposal is a common interest of the IGD-TP and can be applied to all activities undertaken to address the identified RD&D topics.
The management of knowledge in repository development is one of the major challenges over the lifetime of a waste management programme. It covers all data and information and in particular the basis of the decisions made, which is a major requirement for the creation and preservation of knowledge related to openness, traceability and transparency.