Title: Report of the NICOLE Workshop: Sustainable Remediation – A Solution to an Unsustainable Past? 3-5 June 2009, Leuven, Belgium 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> proceedings / conference paper(s) 
Country: International organisation- network or project 
Year of publication: 2009 
Author 1/Producer: NICOLE 
Other Authors/Producers: Paul Bardos 
Author / Producer Type: Professional / trade / industry associations, institutes or networks 
Publisher: NICOLE Secretariat 
Publisher City: Deltares / TNO, Appeldoorn, the Netherlands 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.nicole.org  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): 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-->Assessment tools
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Economic
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Social
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
Short description: NICOLE’s vision for this workshop is to help find a greater understanding of what sustainable remediation is and can achieve. The workshop explored what might be meant by “sustainable remediation”; linked this concept to frameworks for contaminated land management, and considered how sustainability can be included in contaminated land management decisions across Europe. The workshop found as follows. Sustainable remediation needs “sustainable legislation”. This means not only the content of the legislation, but the way it relates to other relevant legislation, as well as principles and practices of working. NICOLE will continue to press for joined up thinking at EU and Member State level to provide a consistent approach to soil and waste related regulations as they affect contaminated sites. Offering a prescriptive and dogmatic view on tools and indicators is scarcely likely to assist a consensus between these different constituencies. NICOLE’s approach will be to provide a road map about the process of using sustainability in contaminated land decision making and checklists to provide technical support to decision-makers, allowing them to examine suggestions of possible sustainability criteria or factors (indicators) and available tools and techniques in the literature or on the market along with some assessment of their utility. NICOLE is collaborating closely with SURF and SURF-UK and developing links with the Common Forum to try and develop an international consensus of what sustainable remediation is and how it should be achieved. 
Link to Project(s): NICOLE Network for Industrially Contaminated Land In Europe
Link to Organisation(s): NICOLE Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 12/11/2009

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