First authoritative sustainable remediation framework
launched in UK
The first ever authoritative framework highlighting the importance of incorporating sustainability issues right at the forefront of the remediation and 
redevelopment process could set the benchmark for improved remediation and developing better places on brownfield land, according to a new report. Launched today by the UK Sustainable Remediation Forum (SuRF-UK, a Steering Group bringing together key partners interested in contaminated land, including
SAGTA, site owners, regulators and consultants facilitated by CL:AIRE) “A Framework for assessing the sustainability of soil and groundwater remediation”
sets out why sustainability issues associated with remediation need to be factored in right from the outset of a project, and identifies opportunities for
considering sustainability at a number of key points in a site’s (re)development or risk management process. The Framework encourages the inclusion of sustainability
issues in local planning strategies, project planning, design of remediation strategies, options appraisal, implementation and verification. In doing
so, the report highlights how an essential link between the principles of sustainable development and the key criteria (environmental, social and economic)
in selecting land use design with sustainable remediation strategies and treatments is identified. The Report allows the following to be done: • Place remediation at the heart of sustainable development; • Use sustainability indicators to optimise remediation decisions; • Measure the costs and wider benefits of remediation projects; and • Speed up decision-making by using a framework developed jointly by industry, regulators and other experts. While legislation and good practice guidance have encouraged remediation to contribute to sustainable development goals, no formal and authoritative
framework has previously been published to guide such an assessment. The Framework will be an invaluable part of the decision making process where remediation measures are required in dealing with historic or new contamination
under all relevant regulatory regimes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is flexible enough that it can also be applied to remediation decision-making
within regulatory systems beyond the UK. Links: SURF-UK home page: Framework (3MB download) ...
Posted: 23/03/2010 By: Ms Nicola Harries