“Scientific Support for Nuclear Decommissioning” - JRC Roundtable
In the framework of the European Forum for Science and Industry, the JRC has organised on 11 September 2012 a roundtable discussion on "Scientific support for nuclear decommissioning".
Nuclear decommissioning is an industrial activity that is growing strongly worldwide, creating many opportunities for high-skilled workers. The European Union has acquired a large know-how in the decommissioning field and today it can position itself strongly at the top level in the world market. The EU scientific community has a key role to play to support European industry in its endeavour, contributing to innovation, standardisation and development of best technologies for decommissioning.
Therefore, the aim of this roundtable was to bring high level representatives from industry and science together to share best practices, identify bottle necks and consider future prospects and priorities for European nuclear decommissioning.
As a main conclusion of the meeting, the importance of further sharing of experiences in the emerging decommissioning market was emphasised, as the identification and dissemination of relevant information will strengthen the know-how of the EU. The importance of innovation allowing waste reduction resulting from decommissioning activities was also underlined by many speakers, as waste has a significant economic and environmental impact. The need to harmonise and standardise the techniques, approaches and regulatory requirements was considered essential.
Mr. Štefan Chudoba, State Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and Mr. Dominique Ristori Director General of the Joint Research Centre © EU, 2012
The roundtable was chaired by Dominique Ristori, JRC Director-General, and attended by about 120 experts, amongst them Štefan Chudoba, State Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, Christophe Béhar, Director of the Nuclear Energy Division of the French CEA and Hartmut Pamme, Vice President of Nuclear Power Plants of the German RWE utility. Several other managers of industries and institutes involved in nuclear decommissioning participated to the discussion.
The meeting proved to be an excellent opportunity to discuss the need for scientific support and innovation for decommissioning at EU level. The JRC intends to further build on the outcome of the roundtable.