Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Asia-Pacific geographic unit, established to promote and undertake activities of SETAC in Australasia. SETAC-AU is dedicated to the use of multidisciplinary approaches to examine the impacts of chemicals and technology on the environment. The Society also provides and open forum for scientists and institutions engaged in the study of environmental problems, management and regulation of natural resources, education, research and development, and manufacturing and distribution to exchange information and share opinion accross nations and disciplines.
International SuRF organisations, subject to concept refinement and approval, are moving forward with a proposal from SuRF ANZ to recognize their affiliation through declaration of a cooperative association. Such affiliation would reflect the unity of purpose of SuRF groups of practitioners, regulators and industry participants in improving remediation practice plus their contributions to sustainable development outcomes such as brownfields-based urban renewal. It has been suggested that it be known as an “International Alliance”. The alliance will not be formal or binding on individual countries, which will continue to operate on their own agendas and resources.
Read SuRF Alliance update here.
The mission of SURF US is: to maximize the overall environmental, societal, and economic benefits from the site cleanup process by:
- Advancing the science and application of sustainable remediation
- Developing best practices
- Exchanging professional knowledge
- Providing education and outreach
The mission of SuRF Canada is: "To establish a Canadian network group to promote "sustainable remediation".
It aims to give systematic consideration to the three dimensions of sustainability (social, economic and environmental).
In decision-making about rehabilitation of and management of contaminated sites, the network will bring together public and private organizations and launch an information and awareness initiative in Canada."
SuRF-UK is the United Kingdom’s Sustainable Remediation Forum – an initiative set up to progress the UK understanding of sustainable remediation.
Mission: Constitute a permanent table for the discussion, at a national level, between the actors involved in the management and remediation of contaminated sites, to define and apply shared procedures and approaches about the sustainability of interventions.
NICOLE is a leading forum on contaminated land management in Europe, promoting co-operation between industry, academia and service providers on the development and application of sustainable technologies.
EURODEMO+ together with volunteer Regional/National Demonstration Platforms will promote and encourage the use of soil and groundwater remediation technologies through demonstration, with emphasis on the use of sustainable and cost-effective remediation practices. This mission is based upon national/regional structures and needs, stimulated through pan-European exchange. Our goal is to assist and connect stakeholders on "good quality" demonstration practices across Europe.
Green Remedation is an initiative of Clu-In (Contaminates Site Clean-Up Information) to aide in considering all environmental effects of remedy implementation and incorporating options to minimize the environmental footprints of a cleanup.
The COMMON FORUM on Contaminated Land in the European Union, initiated in 1994, is a network of contaminated land policy makers and advisors from national ministries in European Union memberstates and European Free Trade Association countries.
It introduced “Risk Based Land Management” as a central concept in European contaminated land approaches and demonstrated that European Union wide harmonisation can arise if all stakeholders realise the benefits of this, even without a formal European Union policy.
ADVOCATE Marie-Curie Initial Training Network
ADVOCATE provides applied research training in the following areas :
- Socio-economic and sustainability aspects of in situ remediation
- Linking soil and vadose zone processes to in situ remediation of groundwater
- Groundwater-surface water interaction and in situ remediation
- In situ remediation of metal-contaminated sites
- Developing in situ treatment strategies for mixed contaminants
- Enhancing bioremediation processes
- Performance assessment of natural attenuation at field scale
- Network knowledge transfer and research dissemination
International Sustainable Remediation:
Information sources contributed by Jonathan Smith, Shell Global. Click here to download.
Recent Austrian policy approach regarding sustainable remediation:
1. Introducing a goal-oriented sustainability assessment method to support decision making in contaminated site management.
Gernot Doberl , Moritz Ortmann , Werner Fruhwirth. For more information, go to the website.
2. European Commission - Science for Environment Policy. For more information, go to the website.
Recent sustainable remediation survey:
A University of Cambridge project recently invited a number of international contaminated site remediation practitioners to participate in a survey study of sustainable remediation practices. The study aimed to better understand decision making and motivation processes in contaminated soil, groundwater, and sediment remediation. Please click here to see the results of this survey.