REMEDE Resource Equivalency Methods for Assessing Environmental Damage in the EU

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   26/10/2006         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: 
Contract Number: 
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Remediation options overview
Contaminated land-->Risk management-->Selection of remediation options
Contaminated land-->Risk management-->Strategies
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Soil-->Soil Overview
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Project objectives:
On 30 April 2004, Directive 2004/35/EC on Environmental Liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage entered into force. 
The objective of the EU Environmental Liability Directive is to establish a common framework for the prevention and remediation of environmental damage at
a reasonable cost to society. REMEDE is designed to support Annex 2 of the Directive which lists different methodologies that can be used for this common framework.
Project Summary:
The goal of the REMEDE project is to develop, test and disseminate methods for determining the scale of the remedial measures necessary to adequately offset 
environmental damage. The project draws from both US experience, in terms of methodological developments and implementation issues encountered, and experience
of the EU Member States. It aims to apply and develop these in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Liability Directive and the Environmental
Impact Assessment, Habitats and Wild Birds Directives, in order that a standard Toolkit can be applied to all damage cases in the EU. The project brings together
ecologists, economists and legal experts from the USA and Europe to review experience in the application of resource equivalency methods, draft a Toolkit
document for the EU, test the Toolkit through application to case studies in different Member States, and disseminate the Toolkit to relevant stakeholders.
Achieved Objectives:
The REMEDE project is not intended, however, to answer the following questions:  
When is environmental damage deemed “significant”? This is a political decision that needs to be decided by Member States and hence the REMEDE project does 
not make a judgment about it. What primary remediation should be undertaken? The estimation of how much primary remediation to undertake usually does not require an equivalency analysis
and hence is not covered by the Toolkit. What should the baseline be? The Toolkit contains information on options for calculating baselines, but does not recommend the best baseline option in any
Product Descriptions:
Publications available from: ...  
D2: Work plan (pdf)  
D5: Legal analysis report (pdf)  
D6A: Review Report on Resource Equivalence Methods and Applications in the US (pdf)  
D6B: Use of Resource Equivalency Methods in Environmental Damage Assessment in the EU With Respect to the Habitats, Wild Birds and EIA Directives (pdf)  
D8: Draft Toolkit document (Outline) (pdf)  
D9: Consultative workshop report (pdf) and Annex (pdf - 23MB)   
D14: Presentation at the meeting of the Member States, 19 January 2007, Brussels (pdf)  
D14: Presentation to the Spanish Ministry of the Environment, 18th April 2007, Madrid (pdf)  
D14: REMEDE presentation at EEB ELD Workshop 4 June 2007 (pdf) 
Additional Information:

Project Resources:
Funding Programme(s): 
EC Framework Programme 6
Link to Organisations:
Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  11/08/2007 16:02:00