SAPHEDRA - Building a European Platform for evaluation of consequence models dedicated to emerging risks

European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 291812.


The SAPHEDRA project will deliver a formal procedure with a set of data to evaluate models and tools for consequence assessment of accident scenarios, useful for emerging risk management. The project will also deliver a platform to further disseminate information in the future. This will be the first time that it will be possible to compare tools (old tools and new tools) between each other for cases related to emerging and new technology-related risks and it represents the main added value of the project. The use of an internet platform allows to keep the information always up to date and accessible.

The Seveso 3 directive requires a detailed risk assessment where the estimation of the consequences of major accidents are key inputs for decision-making, such as the delivery of the permit to operate, land-use planning, and the preparation of emergency plans.

Three types of stakeholders will be interested in the results of this project:

  • Regulators, who need to provide robust evidence explaining their decisions to industry, planning authorities and the general public.

  • Industry and their technical support (consulting companies), who need to define and optimize safety constraints such as buffer zones around their facilities early in the design process, using tools that will be recognized by the regulators.

  • Research community, who need to develop appropriate hazard evaluation models.


May 2015 – April 2017

DICAM Project Responsible

Valerio Cozzani


Stéphane Duplantier (INERIS, France)