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Reference Number EP/F001444/1
Title Sustainability Assessment of Nuclear Power: An Integrated Approach (SPRIng)
Status Completed
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Other nuclear fission) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 75%;
Applied Research and Development 25%;
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 15%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 15%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 30%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 25%;
Principal Investigator Professor A Azapagic
No email address given
Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 February 2008
End Date 31 July 2011
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £2,114,143
Industrial Sectors Energy; Environment
Region North West
Programme Energy : Energy
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor A Azapagic , Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Dr S. D. Howell , Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor G Butler , Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor P Thomas , Sch of Engineering and Mathematical Sci, City University (0.001%)
Prof K (Kevin ) Anderson , Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor J Simpson , School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Professor G Stoker , School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Professor S (Simon ) French , Statistics, University of Warwick (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University of Sheffield (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nexia Solutions (0.000%)
Project Contact , Serco Group plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , British Energy Generation Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Framatome, France (0.000%)
Project Contact , British Nuclear Energy Society BNES (0.000%)
Project Contact , Foreign and Commonwealth Office (0.000%)
Project Contact , Health and Safety Executive (0.000%)
Project Contact , UK Energy Research Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , AMEC NNC Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Battelle Memorial Institute, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Westinghouse Electric Company UK Ltd (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The early years of the 21st century have seen energy policy return to the political agenda both in the UK and internationally. Growing concerns about environmental, economic and social issues associated with energy production (climate change, the depletion of hydrocarbon resources, declining public trust in science and technology and increasing energy prices) have led to a reappraisal of the wider energy scene and of individual energy technologies. The return of various nuclear power options tothe list of candidate technologies being actively considered is but one element of this change.One potential advantage of nuclear power is that it may help us to reduce CO2 emissions and therefore mitigate some of the climate change concerns, However, it is far from clear how sustainable the nuclear option is overall, compared to other generating options. Issues such as health and safety, investment risks, security, public trust and perception are also important for understanding of the fullsustainability implications of nuclear generation. Furthermore, the nuclear power industry is faced with many uncertainties, including financial, technical and regulatory. Decommissioning and high-level waste disposal are prime examples of areas where these uncertainties exist. The public attitude toward nuclear power in general ranges from ambivalent to negative; there is, however, a growing public awareness and concern about the impacts of global warming which may start to influence the changein public opinion. Therefore, any decisions about the future of nuclear power will need to take into account these and other relevant issues, taking an integrated, balanced and impartial approach to evaluating the relative environmental, economic, social and political sustainability of nuclear power.This project proposes to develop such an integrated approach and apply it to sustainability appraisals of nuclear power relative to other energy options. The main objectives of the project are:1.development of a rigorous, robust and transparent multicriteria decision-support framework for sustainability assessment of energy options;2. sustainability assessments of the nuclear option within an integrated energy system;3. engagement with and communication of the results of research to relevant stakeholders.The outputs of the project will help to inform the debate on the future of nuclear power in the UK
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