Project Furthering the knowledge base for reducing the environmental footprint of shale gas development The FracRisk consortium consists of a group of excellent researchers mainly from the geoscience field with long-term experience in the areas of characterisation and modelling of subsurface flow and transport, geophysics, risk management and legal representation. The consortium brings together institutions with experience in the three fields (radioactive waste storage, carbon capture and storage, and geothermal resources) with particular expertise in the investigation of subsurface geo-reservoirs and institutions with a long history of experience in conventional hydrocarbon exploration and production. FracRisk merges experience in all the fields required to tackle the above challenge. The long record of successful collaboration among team members ensures significant impact and results. FracRisk addresses the main themes described in the work program for “Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy “, under the call LCE16 – 2014. FracRisk will provide an improved knowledge base for the planning, implementation and fostering of the rapidly developing shale gas industry which is capable of delivering a significant step change in terms of affordable clean, secure, efficient low carbon energy within the EU. The development of the project knowledge base and scientific recommendations will assist in the methodical planning and implementation of shale gas exploitation within the EU leading to the minimisation of the environmental footprint of the required technology. The proposed work is in line with the objectives of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and of the related energy legislation (notably the Renewable Energy and CCS Directives).