Nuclear technology has been a part of our lives for over 60 years and is used in power generation, industry, medicine and defence. Today, nuclear energy provides almost a fifth of the UK’s electricity. But, like all industrial processes, these activities have created waste which we need to manage safely. The construction and operation of a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) will be one of the most significant long-term environmental protection projects ever undertaken in the UK. The design, construction and operation of a GDF is a multi-billion pound infrastructure programme offering huge benefits to host communities and local businesses. A GDF will create and support hundreds of highly skilled jobs for over 100 years of operation and construction. After several years of policy review the process to identify a suitable site and a willing community is now well underway.
Bruce Cairns Chief Policy Advisor and Dr Rachel Roffe, Head of Stakeholder Relations at RWM will talk about the GDF project and their work progressing this critical national project and the role of stakeholder engagement.