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Work package 3: Integrate Europe


WP Leader Participant 1 Participant 2 Participant 3 Participant 4


This work package will develop a territorially implementable project scenario. It includes a project de-scription, layout and placement variants, mission-critical invariants and territorial constraints, resource needs, risks, socio-economic synergy potentials and a project preparatory phase schedule including legal and administrative processes. Adopting an integrating approach from a very early stage ensures that the preparation phase is entered with a project scenario that has been validated by all stakeholders (popula-tion, host states, scientists, funding agencies). The project can only be implemented if both a territorial implementation scenario is societally acceptable and if the required performance for scientific research can be delivered. This work package links WP 2, which technically optimises the particle collider, with WP 4 integrating socio-economic aspects. Innovation potentials are explored along the activities in this project, which feed into WP 2, 4 and 5. One example is the international Mining the Future® challenge competition to identify ways for using the excavated materials.

Work description

Task 3.1: Work package coordination (lead: CERN, participants: CETU, LD, MUL)

CERN coordinates the tasks to ensure consistency of the work according to the project scope and plan. This includes the organisation of coordination meetings, scope management, progress reviewing, reporting and distribution of information within the WP as well as the management of the interfaces and collaborative work with the other WPs. LD assists in the coordination of the activities focusing on the framework for the environmental evaluation (D3.1). CETU and MUL assist in the coordination activities concerning the development of a strategy and preliminary plan for managing the excavation materials (D3.4). CERN coordinates the iterative optimisation of layout and placement (D3.3) with administration, tool support and open data publishing (Zenodo and geographical information system portals). CERN will interface to the partners in France (DRRT) and Switzerland (EdG) for public access to scenario information for citizens through existing portals (e.g. ge.ch/sitg, cdata.cerema.fr and data.gouv.fr). This approach will lead to a documented evolution of the infrastructure.

Task 3.2: Infrastructure placement optimization with respect to territorial requirements (lead: CERN, participants: Cerema, CETU, MUL, LD, partners EdG, DRRT-AuRA)

The participants of this task cooperate closely with WP 2 to develop the layout and placement (D3.3) of the 100 km long, underground infrastructure with 12 surface sites that host access shafts and technical infrastructures. The work progresses iteratively from an initial baseline (delivered by the EuroCirCol H2020 project) to a version that can be used in the administrative preparatory processes with host states (e.g. débat public in France), funding agencies (e.g. European Strategy for Particle Physics, national ministries and state departments), science policy bodies (e.g. ESFRI, ERIC, GSO, GSF, STOA) and the public in the region (État et Canton de Genève in Switzerland, région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in France). The optimisation progresses iteratively, taking into account the collider design (WP 2) and the territorial constraints and socio-economic synergies (WP 4). The underground infrastructure’s depth adjustment is also considered a variable.

Task 3.3: Transnational environmental impact assessment framework (lead: CERN, participants: Cerema, CETU, LD)

Cerema, CETU and LD will document the requirements (D3.1) for the environmental impact assessment process spanning the individual project phases (preparation, construction, commissioning, operation, upgrade to next phase). CERN provides input about the constraints and opportunities from its successful large-scale endeavours (LEP, LHC, HL-LHC) and its status as international organisation. CETU focuses on the lifecycle analysis of the materials management of the excavated materials. CETU will study the possibilities of applying this methodology to other areas of the project (e.g. construction of underground structures and surface sites). This work will lead to a survey to identify suitable tools, gaps and efforts needed to establish a workable infrastructure for the assessment and management of environmental impacts in a transnational context.

Task 3.4: Management of excavated materials (lead: MUL, participants: CERN, Cerema, CETU, LD, partners EdG and DRRT-AuRA)

About 800 million tons of inert materials per year coming from tunneling and public engineering projects are today disposed of in landfills. This is a waste of valuable resources and taxpayer’s money. FCC would generate 9 million m3 of excavated materials. Its particular location across EU boundaries (France and Switzerland) and CERN’s status as an international organisation is an opportunity to pilot methods and to conceive regulatory frameworks to increase the use of excavated materials. A technical risk management (CETU, MUL) process will help planning the reduction of the quantity of materials destined for landfill. This task aims to reduce the funds required to dispose of the materials in traditional ways. It strives to find novel technologies to address the challenge and aims for regulatory innovation, for instance thorough guidelines beyond established practices. The prevalent material in the region, sedimentary rock called “molasse” will be analysed by MUL and CERN with the help of regional laboratories and academic institutes outside the consortium. The data will be made openly accessible on Zenodo (M3.1) to scout for use-cases. Cerema identifies opportunities for regional usecase scenarios (industrial sector identification) and CETU focuses on the risk management framework (EN/ISO 31000), regulatory aspects (diagnosis, constraints, opportunities), life-cycle related topics and on defining a territorial approach (use-cases with credible economic impact, transport, disposal and landfill). This project engages a wide audience in the “Mining the Future Future” challenge, an open world-wide call to submit demonstrated solutions. CSIL participates in the economic impact analysis of all materials use cases and in assessing the innovation potentials of the proposals. An international expert committee to be established by the WP will select a proposal. The winner will be awarded with assistance to document the intellectual property (e.g. license or patent) and to develop a business plan (D3.2). The award will be funded from a specific budget in this project. If no viable proposal can be identified, the funds will be used to document in detail a classical use case, which has been identified for a sub-set of the materials (D3.4).

-- JulieHadre - 2020-10-01

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