European Repository Development Organisation : Steps for sharing
Speaker : Dr. Ir. Ewoud Verhoef (see bio below)
EC directive 2011/70/Euratom acknowledges that disposal is the end-point for radioactive waste and spent fuel, which implies that all member states must prepare a credible disposal strategy. The chosen disposal strategy can be implementation of a national disposal facility but also participation in a multinational repository (MNR). Only the first option is currently being implemented, with the most advanced programmes being in Finland, Sweden, and France. However, for technical, financial, and societal reasons, disposal in most countries - and in particular for new or small nuclear programmes - lies decades into the future. Accordingly, a prudent strategy is to keep options open: adopt a dual track strategy. For more than 20 years the MNR track has been studied, with varying degrees of support from the IAEA, the NEA and the EC. The ad-hoc ERDO-Working Group that has been dedicated to developing the dual track approach since 2009, has in January 2021 established a formal ERDO Association with headquarters at COVRA, the radioactive waste organization of the Netherlands. Why this new association? What will it do for multinational solutions? In this lunch and learn sessions you will hear all about the status and future goals of the ERDO association.
May 26th, 2021
13.00 - 14.00
Dr. Ir. Ewoud Verhoef (1973) was born in Newton, Massachusetts, USA. He studied chemical technology at Delft University of Technology, where he also received his PhD on waste management. He joined COVRA N.V. in 2005 and was appointed deputy director in 2009. Ewoud is responsible for among others communication, research and development at COVRA. Ewoud has lead the Dutch national programme on geological disposal, is the chair of the ERDO association for multinational radioactive waste solutions in Europe. He is member of the board of Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers, section Nuclear technology, and the Netherlands Nuclear Society.