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Gentle remediation of trace element contaminated land

Gentle remediation options (g.r.o.) include various (mostly plant-based) approaches to remediate trace element contaminated soils at low cost and without significant negative effects for the environment. Although g.r.o. comprise very innovative and efficient technologies, they are still not widely used as practical on-site solutions.

Greenland is designed to bring gentle remediation options (phytoremediation, in-situ stabilisation) into practical application and to solve the final obstacles to wider use.

The major objectives are to:

  • test the remediation efficiency and success in pilot field case studies
  • develop a toolkit to quantify the remediation progress and targets (no total, but "bioavailable" trace element fractions)
  • test different technologies of biomass valorisation (incineration, gasification, biodiesel production, etc.)
  • develop a decision support tool
  • publish a best practice guide

Greenland has defined two groups of end users:

  1. companies that will offer gentle remediation options commercially (including the treatment of metal-rich biomass) - this group is part of the project consortium
  2. stakeholders (including environmental agencies) that will decide on the application of  gentle remediation options - these are not part of the project consortium but members of the advisory board.