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3 May 2023

Mission Soil Manifesto

On 18 April 2023, the European Commission and the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) held the launch event of the Mission Soil Manifesto, a key milestone for the success of the EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’. The Manifesto highlights the urgent need for action to protect soil health.

The voluntary document can be signed by representatives of municipalities, regions, private or public companies and organisations, NGOs and philanthropic organisations, schools and education institutions, research institutions and individuals to become “Friends of the Mission Soil”.


French PFAS 2023-2027 action plan

Led by the Ministry of Environment (MCECT), the PFAS 2023-2027 action plan aims to reduce risks at the source, continue the monitoring, accelerate the production of scientific knowledge and facilitate access to information for citizens, published in January 2023. It is only available in French but here is a translation of its summary. It is based on 6 strategic axes:

  • Axe 1: Have standards on discharges and environmental threshold values to guide public action;
  • Axe 2: Bring to the European level a ‘broad’ ban to eliminate the risks associated with the use or marketing of PFAS;
  • Axe 3: Improve knowledge of discharges and impregnation of the media, in particular aquatic environments, to reduce the exposure of populations;
  • Axe 4: Reduce the emissions of industrial emitters in a significant way;
  • Axe 5: Transparency of available information;
  • Axe 6: Integration, in the medium term, in the micro-pollutant plan.).


Environment Agency UK publishes environmental risk evaluation reports for 9 PFAS

The Environment Agency UK has recently published nine environmental risk evaluation reports on the environmental hazards and risks from certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) being made or used in the UK. This work addresses concerns arising from PFAS by providing an informal assessment of the available data to gain a better understanding of the hazards, exposure and risks these substances may pose to the UK environment.


Draft International & European Standard CEN/prEN ISO/DIS 24212 - comments

ISO 24212 ‘Remediation techniques applied at contaminated sites’ has been released for voting under the ISO/CEN parallel processing. Voting terminates by 4 July 2023.

Given any interest make contact to your national standardisation body.

REMTECH EUROPE 2023 – Call for Abstracts

RemTech Europe, International Conference and Exhibition on land and water remediation markets and technologies, is scheduled for 18-22 September 2023. The first two days (18-19 September) will be fully digital. The other three days (20-22 September) will be hybrid (Ferrara, Italy and online).

The Call for Abstract is open until 31 May 2023. To submit your abstract and participate to the official sessions of RemTech Expo, please download the Flyer with the Call for Abstract (Link) and the official Template (Link).

Sustainathon 2023 is scheduled 18-19 September 2023 for seeing how countries are doing in achieving one or more SDGs. If you know any relevant speaker in your country, please contact the secretariat at sustainathon2023@gmail.com. Registration to the event is already open and free (500 virtual seats available) at this Link.

For the Remtech Europe Pre-Event ‘Contaminated Megasites’, 25 May 2023, 14:00-18:30 (hybrid; Taranto, Italy) the final program is out as well as the registration Link.


New documents on EUGRIS, the platform for European contaminated soil and water information:

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