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Decommissioning Fund

The purpose of the Decommissioning Fund is to secure the costs for the decommissioning and subsequent break-up of nuclear installations, and for the disposal of the resulting waste. It was established in 1984.

The aim behind the Decommissioning Fund is to secure the costs for the decommissioning and break-up of nuclear facilities and for the disposal of the resulting waste. The proprietors of Beznau 1 and 2, Mühleberg, Gösgen and Leibstadt nuclear power plants and of the interim waste storage facility in Würenlingen are obliged to pay annual contributions into this fund.

On 25 June 2014, the Federal Council announced a revision of the Swiss Federal Ordinance on the Decommissioning Fund and the Waste Disposal Fund, including an adjustment of the calculation basis for the annual contributions to be paid into the two funds by the operators of nuclear facilities and power plants. The new calculation is based on a return on investment of 3.5 percent and an inflation rate of 1.5 percent. In addition, a safety surcharge of 30 percent on the calculated decommissioning and disposal costs has been introduced. The new regulations entered into force on 1 January 2015. Based on the new provisions, the administrative committee carried out an interim assessment and specified the new annual contributions for the remainder of the assessment period (2015 and 2016). With one exception, the nuclear power plant operators who are obliged to pay into the funds have lodged an appeal against the new annual contributions.

According to the current calculations, the decommissioning costs for Switzerland's five nuclear power plants and the central interim waste storage facility in Würenlingen amount to approximately 3 billion Swiss francs (pricing basis, 2011). The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) verified these figures in collaboration with external experts. The decommissioning costs have to be covered in full by the fund.

Related documents

Annual reports, annual financial statements and audit reports of the Decommissioning Fund
Financial statements of the Decommissioning Fund and the Disposal Fund
Fact sheets

Further information

Media release dated 5 September 2016 – Stilllegungs- und Entsorgungsfonds: Jahresberichte 2015 (in German)
Media release dated 8 October 2015 – Bundesrat beschliesst weitere Revision der Stilllegungs- und Entsorgungsfondsverordnung (in German)
Media release dated 9 December 2014 – Jahresberichte 2013 des Entsorgungsfonds für Kernkraftwerke und des Stilllegungsfonds für Kernanlagen (in German)
Media release dated 6 September 2013 – Jahresberichte 2012 des Entsorgungsfonds für Kernkraftwerke und des Stilllegungsfonds für Kernanlagen (in German)
Media release dated 21 August 2013 – Vernehmlassung zur Revision der Stilllegungs- und Entsorgungsfondsverordnung eröffnet (in German)
Media release dated 14 August 2013 – Bundesrat legt Eckwerte für die Revision der Stilllegungs- und Entsorgungsfondsverordnung fest (in German)
Media release dated 21 September 2012 – Jahresberichte 2011 des Entsorgungsfonds für Kernkraftwerke und des Stilllegungsfonds für Kernanlagen (in German)
Media release dated 24 November 2011 – Höhere Kosten für Stilllegung der Kernkraftwerke und Entsorgung der radioaktiven Abfälle (in German)
Media release dated 31 August 2011 – Jahresberichte 2010 des Entsorgungsfonds für Kernkraftwerke und des Stilllegungsfonds für Kernanlagen (in German)
Media release dated 17 September 2010 – Jahresberichte 2009 zu den Entsorgungs- und Stilllegungsfonds für Kernanlagen (in German)
Media release dated 11 September 2009 – Jahresberichte 2008 des Stilllegungs- und des Entsorgungsfonds für Kernanlagen (in German)
Media release dated 19 September 2008 – Annual reports of the Decommissioning Fund and the Waste Disposal Fund for Nuclear Facilities (in German)

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