FSC Flyer - Added value in nuclear waste management facilities and processes

The Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) was established by the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) in 2000 and serves as a platform for understanding stakeholder dialogue and discussing methods to develop shared confidence, informed consent and approval of radioactive waste (RW) management solutions.

This flyer describes the term “added value” as the contribution radioactive waste management facilities can make to the communities and areas in which they are located beyond the safe and secure management or disposal of radioactive waste.

From the perspective of stakeholder confidence, the concept of added value is important as it is associated with helping to build stronger and more durable relationships between the community and the facility or operator. This, in turn, supports long-term relationship building with the implementer and project sustainability. Some waste management programmes identify added value as a right for the community to receive, and a responsibility for the implementer to deliver, given the national importance of the project.

Added value is achieved when the facility and/or ancillary programme activities are designed, planned, implemented and/or operated in a manner that contributes to the social and economic well-being of the host community and area.