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Waste Disposal Fund

The purpose of the Waste Disposal Fund is to secure the costs for the disposal of nuclear waste resulting from the operation of nuclear installations, and of spent fuel elements following the decommissioning of a nuclear power plant. It was established in 2000.

The aim behind the Waste Disposal Fund is to secure the costs for the disposal of nuclear waste and spent fuel elements following the decommissioning of a nuclear power plant. The most important cost components are containers for transport and storage, transport, reprocessing and disposal of spent fuel elements, central waste treatment and interim storage, and the end storage of radioactive waste in two deep geological repositories. The proprietors of the five nuclear power plants in Switzerland (Beznau 1 and 2, Mühleberg, Gösgen and Leibstadt) 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 commission 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.

The amount of required contributions to the Disposal Fund is based on the anticipated disposal costs, which according to the current calculations will be approximately 16 billion Swiss francs (pricing basis, 2011). As of the end 2014, 5.3 billion Swiss francs had been spent (e.g. for research and preparatory tasks, reprocessing of spent fuel elements, construction of a central interim storage facility, acquisition of transport and storage containers). Another portion (amounting to 2.2 billion Swiss francs) will be required from 2014 until the time of decommissioning, and this amount has to be covered by the operators on an ongoing basis. The fund thus has to secure 8.4 billion Swiss francs.

Related documents

Annual reports 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 (in German)

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