Nuclear decommissioning encompasses all technical and management actions associated with ceasing operation of a nuclear installation and its subsequent dismantling to remove it from regulatory control, aiming at delivering an environmentally friendly end-product, in line with the ‘circular economy’, as promoted by the EU.

Thereby, there is an increasing interest and also pressure from society that the principles of environmental sustainability are applied to all industrial activities, e.g. in line with the sustainable development agenda of the United Nations. This issue has strong ethical dimensions: the generations which gained benefit from the use of nuclear energy should, where reasonably practicable, not pass the burden of addressing the associated legacies to future generations.

Decommissioning represents a crucial stage of the nuclear cycle and remain highly complex with. There are still very few demonstrations of decommissioning programs finalized on an industrial scale and if decommissioning activities reached a certain level of maturity, further technological development work is required, particularly aiming at improving performances, safety and waste minimization. Countries are facing many challenges, including high costs, difficulties in using innovative technologies or lack of resources. In this context, coordination between stakeholders is of utmost importance.

OTHER DECOMISSIONNING RELATED PROJECTS

The decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear facilities is a global challenge to be addressed in the years to come. This entails a proper management of contaminated materials, which starts with their reliable and efficient characterisation. In addition to establishing standardised guidelines, INSIDER expects to have economic, societal and environmental impacts in the short, medium and long term, promoting reversibility and sustainability. In addition to establishing standardised guidelines, INSIDER expects to have economic, societal and environmental impacts in the short, medium and long term, promoting reversibility and sustainability.

See the website: http://insider-h2020.eu/

The PREDIS project targets the development and implementation of activities for pre-disposal treatment of radioactive waste streams other than nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
Member States will profit from measurable benefits including the further development and increase in Technological Readiness Level of treatment and conditioning methodologies for wastes for which no adequate or industrially mature solutions are currently available.
See the website: https://predis-h2020.eu/

Routes objectives is to:

  • Provide an opportunity to share experience and knowledge on waste management routes between interested organisations (from different countries, with programmes at different stages of development, with different amounts and types of radioactive waste to manage).
  • Identify safety-relevant issues and their R&D needsassociated with the waste management routes (cradle to grave), including the management routes of legacy and historical waste, considering interdependenciesbetween the routes.
  • Describe and compare the different approaches to characterisation, treatment and conditioning and to long-term waste management routes, and identify opportunities for collaboration between MS (member states).

See website: https://www.ejp-eurad.eu/

Safe interim storage and final disposal of radioactive waste (RW) requires effective characterization and quality control of the waste. The CHANCE project therefore aims to address the specific and complex issue of the characterization of conditioned radioactive waste (CRW) by means of non-destructive analytical (NDA) techniques and methodologies. Characterization issues within CHANCE encompass both physico-chemical characterization and radiological characterization.

See website: https://www.chance-h2020.eu/

The goal of the MICADO project is to propose a cost-effective solution for non-destructing characterization of nuclear waste, implementing a digitization process that could become a referenced standard facilitating and harmonizing the methodology used for the in-field Waste Management and Dismantling & Decommissioning operations.

See website: https://www.micado-project.eu/

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Synergy with DigiDecom 2021 for a step further towards SHARE Strategic research agenda 150 150 Share

Synergy with DigiDecom 2021 for a step further towards SHARE Strategic research agenda

Synergy with DigiDecom 2021 for a step further towards SHARE Strategic research agenda Following public online workshops held in 2020, SHARE contributed to the organisation of DigiDecom 2021 online event hosted by IFE, Norway, member of SHARE consortium. Indeed, October workshop was dedicated to identifying international best practices and on-going initiatives in nuclear decommissioning. In…

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317 people registered to the public online workshop organized by SHARE consortium 1-3 December 2020

The objective of SHARE project is to build, by end of 2021, a Strategic Research Agenda and a roadmap for future potential collaborative projects in the field of Research* for Decommissioning, including legacy waste management. This workshop was organised in order to share the first results of the project, to hear from other on-going international…

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SHARE consortium organises a 3-days public workshop on needs in research and on-going initiatives for nuclear decommissioning, December 1-3, 2020

SHARE consortium organises a 3-days public workshop on needs in research and on-going initiatives for nuclear decommissioning, December 1-3, 2020 This workshop will be a great opportunity  to hear stakeholders’ voices  and go deeper in the understanding of their needs in order to build, by end of 2021,  a shared road map for future potential…

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