Sustainable Remediation 2012
Résumé of the 2nd conference, 14.-16. November
(Vienna, 20.11.2012) The main themes of the conference "Sustainable Remediation" concerned strategies for the sustainable remediation of contaminated sites and the environmental policy framework for remediation projects. The event was organized by the Environment Agency Austria in cooperation with the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, the British non-profit organization CL:AIRE and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna.
120 participants from 23 countries discussed in several workshops how the environmental impact of remediation projects can be reduced and how successful projects may contribute to the sustainable development of a region ("creating a better place"). Restoring contaminated sites to a beneficial new land use provides positive economic and social effects as well as involving new approaches contributes to the creation of new jobs ("green jobs").
Better by design
Compared to the first "Sustainable Remediation" conference in 2009 and the conference at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen (COP 15) the second conference showed that significant progress in rehabilitation practices can be reported in some countries. Particularly in the U.S., the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, policy and project operators have designed innovative approaches and implemented them in various projects.