Towards a harmonised application of the international regulatory framework in waste management and decommissioning

Réka Szőke, Elke Jacops, Linda Fowler, István Szőke, Timothy Schatz, Norbert Maes, Mikael Karlsson, Federica Pancotti, Anthony Banford, Erika Holt, Giuseppe A. Marzo

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The 3-year Euratom project, “HARPERS: HARmonised PracticEs, Regulations and Standards in waste management and decommissioning,”aims to establish and clarify the benefits and added value of more aligned practices, methodologies, and approaches in decommissioning and radioactive waste management, including possibilities for shared processing, storage and disposal facilities between Member States (MS). HARPERS aims to reinforce the activities of the European Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste Management (EURAD), Pre-disposal Treatment of European Radioactive Waste Streams (PREDIS) and Stakeholder-based Analysis of Research for Decommissioning (SHARE) projects. HARPERS will also connect with the wider European Community through, e.g., SNETP, DigiDECOM, NEA, IGDTP, IAEA, ENSREG, ERDO and will encourage interaction between different national programmes. The project will evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, identify the obstacles & issues preventing implementation of a more common regulatory approach, covering e.g., nuclear, industrial safety, occupational health, environmental, … aspects. A TECOP analysis will identify a multitude of potential changes, which will be reviewed further in terms of strategic impacts for stakeholders. The high-level benefits of more aligned practices, methodologies and approaches are related to 1) greater business opportunities 2) better understanding between diverse groups serving wider markets 3) improved cost efficiency 4) waste minimisation and 5) improved final disposability of waste. This paper gives a general overview on HARPERS and presents results of the two on-line workshops on WP5 Advanced Technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ASME 2023 International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, ICEM 2023
PublisherASME - The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780791887530
StatePublished - Nov 2023
Event2023 - ICEM: International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management - International Conference Centre Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Duration: 3 Oct 20236 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of ASME 2023 International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, ICEM 2023


Conference2023 - ICEM
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Environmental Engineering

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