Sustainable remediation is a critical approach to managing contaminated soil, water, and sediment systems. This approach focuses on minimizing the environmental footprint of remediation activities while promoting the recovery and reuse of contaminated resources. Sustainable remediation involves using innovative and cost-effective technologies that have a lower impact on the environment, such as in situ remediation techniques that do not require excavation or the use of chemicals.
Moreover, sustainable remediation involves preventing the emergence of new contaminants to promote zero pollution. Emerging contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, microplastics, and PFAS, are increasingly becoming a threat to soil and water quality. To prevent the emergence of these contaminants, it is necessary to promote sustainable practices in various sectors, such as agriculture, industry, and healthcare. This involves reducing the use of harmful chemicals, promoting sustainable waste management practices, and promoting the use of alternative, eco-friendly technologies. Overall, sustainable remediation and prevention towards zero pollution are essential for promoting a cleaner and healthier environment for both current and future generations.
a. Low carbon emitting technologies for historical large-scale pollutions (e.g. landfills, mine wastes) using sustainable resources and energy
b. Novel technologies to treat emerging contaminants, such as chlorinated solvents, halogenated compounds, antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance, Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), pesticides, etc.
c. Management and policies for prevention of emissions of persistent, emerging and other contaminants to soil and water.
d. European and global technology verification and validation for sustainability assessments