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National LLW Programme and Strategy
The National Waste Programme (NWP) is an industry-wide collaboration led by LLW Repository Ltd on behalf of the NDA. The Programme was established to implement the ‘UK Strategy for the Management of Solid Low Level Radioactive Waste from the Nuclear Industry’.
The UK LLW Strategy was developed in response to UK 2007 LLW Policy, which recognised that the disposal capacity of the LLW Repository would not be sufficient to meet future demand if the existing waste management practice (predominantly disposal to the Repository) did not change.
To address this, the Strategy has three guiding themes:
- Application of the Waste Hierarchy
- The best use of existing LLW management assets
- The need for new fit for purpose waste management routes
The UK LLW Strategy was first published in 2010 by the NDA on behalf of the UK government and devolved administrations and updated in 2016 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The NWP 2016 Strategic Review provides a “snapshot in time” of what LLW management practice in the UK looked like in 2016; showing what had been achieved by that point as a result of the Strategy’s implementation. The Strategic Review is published on a three-yearly basis.
National Waste Programme
The NWP vision:
Optimised LLW management across the UK that delivers value for money.
The NWP was established in 2011 to lead the implementation of the changes in LLW management practices and culture needed to deliver the Strategy. The National Programme Office, part of LLWR, leads and coordinates the delivery of the NWP, on behalf of the NDA. Partners include all nuclear industry and defence sector waste producers, power generators, medical and nuclear services companies; organisations providing waste treatment and disposal services; LLWR; regulators; local and national government; and the NDA.
Partners collaborate on projects and share information to optimise waste management practices, and to deliver the safe, secure, environmentally responsible and cost-effective treatment and disposal of LLW in the UK, in accordance with the Strategy.
The NWP at a glance
NWP Blueprint describes what the LLW management environment aims to look like in the future
NWP Benefit Map identifies the underpinning business changes, projects and enablers required to deliver this future state. Associated benefit maps are produced by individual waste producers and are included in their Joint Waste Management Plans
LLWR Waste Services support implementation of the Strategy by enabling access to new and existing waste treatment and disposal services in the UK and overseas. This is carried out on behalf of all waste producers. Summary guide to accessing services.
Key stakeholders within the NWP and their responsibilities:
- UK government is the sponsor and owner of the LLW Strategy
- NDA leads the implementation of the Strategy. It owns and is responsible for decommissioning UK civil public sector nuclear sites
- LLWR leads the delivery of the NWP on behalf of the NDA and government. It acts as integrator for the Strategy through its waste services team and operates the UK’s national LLW repository
- LLW producers and Nuclear New Build implement the Strategy within their organisations and sites, engaging with the NWP
- Regulators work with permitted and licenced sites to implement the Strategy in a safe and compliant manner. The principle regulators are the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), Environment Agency (EA), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW)
- Supply chain provides capability and capacity in the form of fit for purpose waste treatment and alternate disposal routes to enable diversion from LLWR
- Planning authorities take account of the Strategy within their mineral and waste plans
- Public recognises the need for suitable facilities and routes to manage the LLW inventory and to engage with the industry
Map of the nuclear industry and waste management facilities
Key stakeholder web-links
In addition to sharing good practice and encouraging collaborative learning across the LLW management sector, a key strand of NWP activity is improving programme governance, enhancing how transformational change and national strategy delivery is planned, reported and communicated. This includes:
- Joint Waste Management Plans
- Reports such as the Waste Metric Dashboard and NWP Quarterly Report
- Programme governance and NWP community meetings
Joint Waste Management Plans
Each of the four NDA waste-producing sites produce rolling 5 year Joint Waste Management Plans (JWMPs). These are developed in collaboration with LLWR. JWMPs identify projects and activities to support the embedding and implementation of the Strategy and good practice within these organisations. JWMPs also provide a 5 year forecast of waste arisings.
Joint Waste Management Plans
Progress, which supports national strategic goals, is tracked by the National Programme Office and reported to stakeholders.
Reporting (including Waste Metric Dashboard)
The National Programme Office publishes a range of waste metrics and information from waste producers to track progress to ensure the programme benefits are delivered. The objective is to encourage transparency and communicate progress to all stakeholders.
Waste Metric Dashboard
The Waste Metric Dashboard summarises progress on the successful diversion of waste away from direct disposal and on the environmental performance of the NWP.
NWP Quarterly Report
The NWP Quarterly Reports provide a “snapshot in time” of the progress being made within the NWP community to achieve the strategic objectives of the programme.
Information is also shared via a variety of publications available under the Waste Practitioner Support and Guidance.
Programme governance and communications
NWP Programme Manual
The Programme Manual is a comprehensive guide that provides a summary of the aims, vision, mission, role and organisation of the NWP, as well as providing additional detail on the NWP programme arrangements and procedures.
A variety of regular collaborative meetings are held to enable the sharing of information amongst stakeholders on progress, threats, opportunities, learning, good practice and new developments.
The Delivery Overview Group (DOG) meeting is a key element of the NWP governance structure and is held every six months. Around 40 stakeholder organisations are invited to participate in the meeting and to share information, issues, case studies, good practice and learning from experience, as well as to work on joint projects or cross-industry issues.
Delivery Overview Group documents:
NWP Procedures and Forms
NWP programme management instructions, procedures and forms can be downloaded below:
- Scheduling and Reporting Procedure
- Waste Producer Monthly & Quarterly Reporting
- Monthly Report Form
- Quarterly Report Form
- JWMP Generation Procedure
- JWMP Template Tier 1
- Waste Forecast Form / Tier 3 JWMP Template Form – WSC-FOR-WFO
- JWMP Appendix 2 Benefits Realisation spreadsheet
- Waste Metric Dashboard Generation Procedure
- Waste Actuals Form
- Risk Management
Waste Practitioner Support, Guidance and Tools
NWP stakeholders collaborate on the production of resources and tools to help practitioners with the management of LLW.
- Feasibility studies
- A glossary of terms
The waste inventory provides comprehensive and up to date information on radioactive waste and materials in the UK.
Waste forecasts and actuals data are primarily captured and reported via the following tools:
- UK Radioactive Waste Inventory
- Waste Inventory Form
- Waste Metric Dashboards
UK Radioactive Waste Inventory (UKRWI)
The UKRWI is the nation’s reference dataset on radioactive waste.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) currently manages the process on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and it is updated on a three-yearly cycle. The information is collated from the UK’s major radioactive waste producers on existing stocks and forecast arisings.
The latest UKRWI dataset
LLWR continues to work with waste producers to improve the accuracy of all estimates.
Waste Inventory Form (WIF)
The WIF provides comprehensive and up-to-date information covering waste stream inventory, treatment, packaging and disposition data for LLW and lower activity Intermediate Level Waste (ILW).
LLWR lead compilation of the WIF on behalf of the NDA.
The WIF is a key data set which is used by:
NDA, for input into strategic decision making processes, ensuring appropriate alignment with other key inventory processes and maintaining oversight of its Site Licence Companies in their planned site decommissioning and clean-up activities
Site License Companies (SLCs) to maintain a dynamic inventory of their waste streams, assist with site project planning and contribute to related report outputs such as the UKRWI and JWMP
Supply chain organisations concerned with the planning, operation and performance of systems and facilities for the management of radioactive wastes and materials in the UK
The WIF is primarily used to:
- Identify opportunities to divert waste away from the LLWR
- Make best use of existing assets
- Encourage SLCs to adopt more suitable waste management practices for LLW through consideration of the Waste Hierarchy
- Inform strategy development and waste management planning
- Support communications with key internal and external stakeholders including affected supply chain organisations
LLWR continues to work with waste producers to improve the accuracy of future waste estimates in order to assist with planning, safety cases and the development of services for diverting waste away from the Repository.
For further information regarding inventory data, contact the Inventory Team.
Waste Inventory Team
LLW Repository Ltd
Telephone 019467 22738
Peer Review & Peer Assist Programme
Peer Reviews and Peer Assists have been undertaken by cross industry teams of LLW management experts to support waste producers in improving their LLW management practices.
Peer Review, Peer Assist and Peer Learning are complementary processes. A Peer Review may be an input to or initiator of a Peer Assist or Peer Learning events.
Peer Review is a tool that enables anyone involved in LLW management to have a cross industry team assess their LLW management practice against established best practice. A Peer Review is conducted according to a specific process set out in the LLW Peer Review Model below.
Peer review resources:
Peer Assist is a problem-solving tool that supports anyone involved in LLW management to identify and implement improvements to their LLW management practice and culture. The Peer Assist process is tailored to the needs of the host organisation and the nature of the specific improvement required.
Peer Assist Framework:
Peer Learning is a tool which enables those involved in the management of radioactive waste to collect, analyse and use good practice and learning from experience on a particular aspect of waste management directly from their peers on other projects or sites in a structured way.
LLW Training Resources
The NWP, in consultation with stakeholders, is developing resources to support the growth of LLW management skills and knowledge across the industry. The resources include a database of training courses, a suite of NWP eLearning and learning workbook modules available free of charge on the Nuclear Training Network web portal, and a classroom training course on Waste Loading Plans.
Database of LLW management training
This NWP Excel database signposts commercially available and free training courses that underpin radioactive waste management and the waste management lifecycle. Information provided is indicative and for signposting purposes only. Users should review the information and use the contact and web details provided to confirm the suitability of a course and to ensure any certification or qualification meets their needs. Inclusion of a course in the database does not constitute endorsement of any particular training material or provider.
Please note: when you open the Excel database you will need to click the yellow ‘Enable Content’ button.
NWP training modules
eLearning (duration 35 to 90 minutes):
- Introduction to Waste
- Introduction to Low Level Radioactive Waste
- Introduction to Managing the Non-radiological Properties of Radioactive Waste
- Characterisation Overview
- Waste Loading Plan Awareness
Self-directed learning workbooks (duration 90 minutes to 3 hours)
- Completing the Waste Characterisation Form (WCH) (Issue 3)
- Completing the Waste Enquiry Form (WEN) (Issue 3)
- Completing the Waste Consignment Information (WCI) Form Diversion Services (Issue 3)
- Completing the WCI Form LLW Disposal (Issue 3)
- Completing the WCI Form Supercompaction (Issue 1)
- Waste Loading Plan Training (2.5 days)
The development of training modules is on going. The NWP welcomes ideas or views on additional cross-industry training needs. If you have training content that could be shared within the industry, or would like to be engaged in the development of future modules, please contact the National Waste Programme
How to access NWP modules
eLearning modules and learning workbooks are available free of charge via the Nuclear Training Network. Once registered at Nuclear Training Network insert ‘NWP’ in the search box and all NWP modules will appear.
Please contact the National Programme directly regarding WLP classroom training.
Contact the NWP
For all enquiries please contact the National Programme.
National Waste Programme
LLW Repository Ltd
Telephone 019467 22740