Rimini, 9 November 2018 -- Sustainable management of remediation? It’s possible. Once again this year, Ecomondo – from 6th to 9th November at Rimini Expo Centre – will offer a meeting and networking point for all those interested in the remediation and upgrading of contaminated sites, from institutions (Ministries, Regions, Institutions and National and Regional Scientific Agencies) to enterprises.
Since the first regulations approximately 20 years ago, Italy has built up in-depth experience on matters of contaminated sites and many contaminated areas have been reclaimed and are back in use, above all in sites of regional interest.
Nevertheless, the procedure has often been slow and costly, and there has been an increasing growth in the demand for sustainable management of “remediation”, where the requirements of environmental reclamation and health safety are combined with acceptable costs, effective recovery of the environmental matrices and economic recovery of the remediated areas.
The topic was at the centre of the conference “Remediation in the context of the Circular Economy” on Thursday 8th November at Ecomondo. Participants included environment experts such as Loredana Musumeci, ex-director of the Environment and Health department of the Superior Health Institute, and Alessandro Bratti and Fabio Pascarella of the ISPRA. A section was entirely dedicated to technical innovations and specific cases of reclamation were also covered, from the ex-refinery of Naples to new opportunities for the port of Taranto.
Progress in the field of scientific knowledge and technical innovation will also be discussed at the International Conference on Sustainable Source Zone Remediation in contaminated sites, being held on Friday 9th November. Today it is possible to move on to more sustainable and affordable approaches, which are based on shrinking the remediation area by strictly focusing on the treatment of contamination sources, either primary or secondary and especially long-term sources. Highly qualified international speakers will contribute, with examples and case studies on emerging and advanced applications in Italy and abroad, especially at pilot- or full-scale. Proceedings will be chaired by Mauro Majone and Marco Petrangeli Papini, of Rome’s La Sapienza University.