The use of nuclear power for the generation of electricity is not the only producer of radioactive waste, it is also produced by many other applications such as industrial tests and radiotherapies.
Research on radioactive waste has been a significant area of activity under the 7th Euratom Framework Programme (FP7, 2007-13).
The Implementing Geological Disposal Technology Platform (IGD-TP) directed by leading European radioactive waste management organisations has however been a notable success.
According to the platform the EU expects that, “by 2025, the first geological disposal facilities for spent fuel, high-level waste and other long-lived radioactive waste will be operating safely in Europe”.
The conference which took place from the 14th to the 16th of October, provided a summary of all recent activities in the field of radioactive waste management with the emphasis on geological disposal (GD), including RD&D, strategic, policy, legislative and socio-political aspects for all stakeholders that attended the conference.
The conference was held parallel to FISA 2012, which focusses on the safe operation of nuclear installations in Europe. The European Commission and the Ministry for education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania co-organised both events, under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU.