Title: Remediation of contaminated sites – key for an efficient land management in the EU 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> proceedings / conference paper(s) 
Country: European Union 
Year of publication: 2011 
Availability: 10th November 2011; Presentations available for download 
Author 1/Producer: The Liaison Office of Saxony in Brussels, in cooperation with the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://ec.europa.eu/environment/soil/remediation_conference. ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Brownfields
Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Contaminated land-->policy and regulatory
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Remediation options overview
Short description: EXTRACT: In 2006 the European Commission proposed a better management of soil in the context of the Soil Thematic Strategy, underlining the need to implement appropriate remedial actions.The Resource Efficiency Roadmap, adopted in September 2011, noted that current land take trends are unsustainable and threaten the availability of soil and water resources for future generations. It thus suggested that, by 2020, EU policies should take into account their direct and indirect impact on land use in the EU and globally, and that the rate of land take should be on track with an aim to achieve no net land take by 2050. Tackling land take and its side effects by addressing the existing brownfield problem in polluted areas is a major challenge but also an opportunity. Saxony has taken on this task. Remediation and revitalisation of brownfields, including mitigating and compensating measures like de-sealing of land, have been successfully completed at many sites. Additional examples from Denmark and France presented different facets of how other European regions are tackling brownfield regeneration and sustainable soil use. The conference provided a much needed insight on soil remediation activities across some of the most active regions of Europe. It become clear that remediation is a way of limiting land take and soil sealing, hence the encroachment on agricultural land or green areas. This offers a win-win opportunity which is going to become more and more important in the future. The conference highlighted not only the close connection between a proactive soil protection policy and the existence of a thriving soil remediation industry, but also set the foundations for some of the work Europe will need to do to manage its land better. The competition and pressures on land and soil are difficult and costly to reverse. For all these reasons, Commissioner Potoènik noted that a comprehensive approach to soil proves to be even more necessary, and that strategies only will not be enough to reach our objectives. 
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 01/12/2011

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