NICOLE E-News December 2014

 NICOLE is the Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe. Miljøringen is member to this network and presents all the latest news from there on our website.


Announcement of The NICOLE Spring Workshop 2015

We have a date, so please mark your agendas: on the 24th to the 26th of June 2015, the Spring Workshop of NICOLE will be held at the Manchester University. Rick Parkman of URS will be the chair of the Workshop.

The subject will be ‘Unconventional pollutants’, such as (micro)plastic and plastics. Pharmaceutical and personal care products, per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), asbestos, challenging metals, radionucleides and radioactive substances will be discussed as well.

Welcome to our new member!

A very warm welcome to our new member Golder Associates!

Golder Associates is an employee-owned, global organisation, providing consulting, design, and construction services in their specialist areas of earth, environment, and energy. Their clients represent the world’s major industries and drivers of development: Oil and Gas, Mining, Manufacturing, Power, and Urban Development and Infrastructure.

For more information please visit their website.

Nan Su
NICOLE secretariat

NICOLE Alert – Technology Award 2015

For more than 15 years NICOLE has undertaken projects and organised workshops, providing a discussion platform in Europe on a sound technical basis for risk based management of contaminated land. Our network is today recognized as a leader in the European Union, and reaches everywhere in the world. Recurring themes are sustainability and cost-efficiency and one of NICOLE’s primary missions is the continuous promotion for development and improvement in these fields.

Given the success of the earlier Technology Awards, of which the last one in 2013 was on “Sustainable remediation by using natural or reusable/recycled materials”, NICOLE decided to launch the 2015 Award with the intent to stimulate engineers and scientists to promote technical innovations that can contribute to an improved practice for sustainable contaminated land management. The topic of the 2015 Technology Award is:

“Innovative Investigation or Remediation Technology or Practice leading to a more time and / or cost efficient remediation”

Time schedule and content of entry:

  • Deadline for submission of entries is 20th of March 2015;
  • Entries need to have a summary and a maximum of 6-10 pages description (11 pt), including figures;
  • Entries should focus only on technical and scientific content, and not have a commercial character;
  • Logos are only permitted on the first page;
  • Entries should be sent to Nan Su of the NICOLE Secretariat.

For any question related to the content or topic of the NICOLE Technology Award 2015, please contact Nan Su of the NICOLE Secretariat.

6th EU Environmental Liability Derective (ELD) Best Practices Seminar

“A Real Time Look at the ELD Best Practices Based on Actual Experience To Date”

Was held on 25 November 2014 by Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group (“Group”) with the royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the arts.

The seminars and workshops was to facilitate the reasonable, balanced and predictable implementation of the ELD.

For more information please visit their website.

Scoping Study – International Year of Soils 2015

This report has been prepared by PRACSIS on behalf of the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission in view of the International Year of Soils 2015 proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 20131. The objective was to find out what kind of awareness-raising activities and events could be organised or co-organised by the Commission to mark the Year. The tasks assigned to PRACSIS are outlined in Chapter 2 and were carried out between January and May 2014.

The report can be downloaded here.


ITVA Altlastensymposium 2015, Gastronomie, Stadtpark Bochum

March 19-20, 2015 Gastronomie, Bochum durch

Management of contaminated sites and land recycling are current overlooking a sustainable, resource-efficient approach to the environment, now more then ever.

To kick off the Symposium of the current state of discussion, we will present and discuss coat Regulation. Further legal aspects, such as the legal and practical importance of handling contaminated land register, will be discussed aswell.

The programm is now available on the ITVA web site

Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation Special

March 19-20, 2015

There is a myriad of in situ treatment technologies available for deployment by remediation scientists and engineers. These technologies range from physical (multiphase extraction, pump-and-treat, and thermal) to chemical (oxidation, reduction, and surfactants) and biological (enhanced, augmentation, and natural attenuation) methods.

A Special Issue of this periodical will focus on recent research efforts and well-documented case studies involving integrated in situ treatment systems for site remediation. While much integration may have been ad hoc, contributions are sought providing useful insight into proactive technology integration, demonstration of technology compatibility, or identification of transition points.

InterSol 2015

March 24-26, 2015, Paris, France

Annual international conference and exhibition on soils, sediments and water.
Global Soil Week 2015

April 19- 23, 2015, Berlin, Germany

The 3rd Global Soil Week 2015 invites all stakeholders to join forces to encourage sustainable soil management and responsible land governance at global, regional and local level and jointly put soils and land on the new sustainable development agenda.
SETAC Europe

May 3 – 7, 2015, Barcelona, Spain

The innovative use of chemicals and nanomaterials in new technologies, industry and agriculture challenges many aspects of the ecosystem functioning of the global environment.

However, these new technologies and materials also offer opportunities to remediate or minimise these anthropogenic insults. Finding innovative solutions to environmental problems is ever more important in the current economic scenario.

AquaConsoil Copenhagen 2015

June 9- 12 2015

Conference program: Dealing with Contamination: Assessment and monitoring, Risk assessment, Management, functions of soil and Groundwater: new subsurface activities, competing claim, Win-win situations.

The Call for Abstracts is now open. Deadline for abstract submission has just been extended to 15 December 2014. Please find the Call for Abstracts and feel free to disseminate the Call within your networks.

Please follow the Link to submit your abstract online.

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