The NDA Group Sustainability Strategy 2022
31st March 2022
This strategy sets out the NDA group's five-year path to becoming a leader in sustainability.
Transforming nuclear legacies into sustainable opportunities is the focus of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group's new Sustainability Strategy 2022.
The strategy flows from the our mission to clean-up and decommission legacy nuclear sites and focuses on delivering sustainable socio-economic outcomes for nuclear communities through decommissioning practices, care for the environment and cultural change.
This strategy is aligned to the NDAs Strategy 4 and the NDA group's sustainability policy. (Pdf 172 pages)
It includes the fundamental elements of sustainability, and the changes, activities and interventions needed to deliver our sustainability outcomes. It provides a snapshot of our approach at the time of publication and will evolve as our work progresses.
Read the report HERE Pdf 12 pages
In April 2021, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) became a subsidiary company of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Group. The Cavendish Dounreay Partnership ceased.
Three long-serving NDA group employees have been awarded honours by Her Majesty The Queen in the Platinum Jubilee Honours List for services to the nuclear industry and their local communities. Cath Giel, Communications and Stakeholder Relations Director at the LLW Repository Site in Cumbria until her retirement earlier this year, was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
A celebration of innovation at Dounreay held recently, recognising how innovation is part of everything they do at the site to achieve our mission. On the day, we celebrated the many successes we have achieved in our approach to decommissioning.
Two large redundant items that were removed from Dounreay's facilities have now left the site for disposal or diversion, opening up new waste routes. Dounreay in partnership with Nuclear Waste Services and its contractor Cyclife first trialled an alternative treatment option for the site's metallic waste in 2019, when 66 tonnes of redundant metal equipment were sent to Cyclife's specialist facility for recycling.
A robot has successfully surveyed an underground radioactive ventilation duct in Dounreay's redundant laboratories. Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) and the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (RAIN) Hub are working together to develop a robot capable of accessing areas that are inaccessible or unsafe for humans to work in.
This report published on 28 March 2022 summarises the gender pay gap for the NDA group as a whole. Within the individual organisations that make up the group: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Sellafield Limited Magnox Limited Dounreay Site Restoration Limited Low Level Waste Repository Limited Radioactive Waste Management Limited International Nuclear Services Limited Direct Rail Services Limited.
A new approach to decommissioning the Vulcan nuclear site next door to Dounreay by the Ministry of Defence has been been indicated. It was confirmed at Wednesday's meeting of Dounreay Stakeholder Group (DSG) that the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency was being considered to take over the work.
The details of particle finds on Dounreay foreshore has been updated. See full details at - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/radioactive-particles-in-the-environment-around-dounreay/dounreay-foreshore-particle-finds-2021.
Particles are fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel discharged to sea as a result of historic practices in reprocessing. Used fuel from the reactors on site and other research reactors in Britain and abroad was recycled in the site's reprocessing facilities.
Information about how to work with Dounreay as a supplier was updated on 15th February 2022. Businesses can check it all out HERE .