Title: A Framework for Assessing the Sustainability of Soil and Groundwater Remediation 
Resource Type: document --> guidance / decision support 
Country: United Kingdom 
Year: 2010 
Availability: March 2010 
Author 1/Producer: CL:AIRE 
Author / Producer Type: Professional / trade / industry associations, institutes or networks 
Publisher: CL:AIRE 
Publisher City: London, UK 
ISBN: ISBN 978-1-905046-19-5 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.claire.co.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Cost benefit analysis-->Cost benefit analysis overview
Contaminated land-->Risk management-->Selection of remediation options
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Assessment tools
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Economic
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Social
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
Short description: “A Framework for assessing the sustainability of soil and groundwater remediation” sets out why sustainability issues associated with remediation need to be factored in right from the outset of a project, and identifies opportunities for considering sustainability at a number of key points in a site’s (re)development or risk management process. The Framework encourages the inclusion of sustainability issues in local planning strategies, project planning, design of remediation strategies, options appraisal, implementation and verification. In doing so, the report highlights how an essential link between the principles of sustainable development and the key criteria (environmental, social and economic) in selecting land use design with sustainable remediation strategies and treatments is identified. The Report allows the following to be done: • Place remediation at the heart of sustainable development; • Use sustainability indicators to optimise remediation decisions; • Measure the costs and wider benefits of remediation projects; and • Speed up decision-making by using a framework developed jointly by industry, regulators and other experts. While legislation and good practice guidance have encouraged remediation to contribute to sustainable development goals, no formal and authoritative framework has previously been published to guide such an assessment. The Framework will be an invaluable part of the decision making process where remediation measures are required in dealing with historic or new contamination under all relevant regulatory regimes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is flexible enough that it can also be applied to remediation decision-making within regulatory systems beyond the UK. 
Link to Organisation(s): CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in the Real Environments)
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 24/03/2010

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