Welcome to the Summer 2002 edition of Quintessa Update, the electronic newsletter of Quintessa Limited
Quintessa specialises in the development and application of quantitative and qualitative techniques for
integrated environmental assessment and decision making, providing advice to regulators, industry and
Our vertically-integrated approach - illustrated below - can be viewed in terms of a hierarchy of information,
building on fundamental data and detailed interpretation, to the development of a comprehensive understanding
of the breadth of issues on which decisions depend. Effective communication is required at each level of the
information hierarchy, through dialogue with the relevant stakeholders.
For further information about Quintessa's environmental decision support services, please contact
Recipients of Quintessa Update may be interested in a research programme currently being conducted by SCK/CEN.
The aim is to identify the extent to which experts in performance assessment share a common set of constitutive
values and / or common views on uncertainty. This is part of a programme aimed at demonstrating just how far
specialist advice can be truly objective.
In September 2001, the UK Government initiated the first stage of a
consultation programme on the future of radioactive waste management. Quintessa Limited has submitted its response
in the hope that an integrated programme in keeping with the best international practice will be established. To
download a pdf file of Quintessa's response, please click