• carbon capture and storage;
  • radioactive waste

[1] Carbon Capture and Storage: Can Anything Be Learned From 35 Years Experience in Geological Disposal of Radioactive Wastes?; Meiringen, Switzerland, 26–29 October 2010; Safely sequestering by-products that are hazardous to the environment deep underground is an objective shared by different energy generation systems. There are analogies between different applications in many aspects of their science, technology, strategy, and implementation. However, bringing specialists together to discuss common issues has proved more difficult than people might think. This is nowhere truer than in the separate fields of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and geological disposal of radioactive wastes (RWD), where years of caution have either kept practitioners apart or led to an effective partitioning of their work. To many specialists, especially those in the hydrocarbons industry, which will be a key player in commercial CCS, there is no benefit perceived in relating what is seen as a benign technology that is to be deployed for the global good to a technology associated with a nuclear industry that has had an unremittingly rough ride for most of the past 25 years.