NICOLE E-news May 2015

NICOLE E-News May 2015

NICOLE Workshop update

Fall workshop (4-6 November 2015):
Location: Solvay, Brussels, Belgium

The Organisation team has been formed and had its first conference call.
The proposed content of the workshop will be about
– General practice across Europe;
– Pollution prevention to avoid the application of ELD;
– Experience with implementation;
– Challenges in the assessment of a site’s situation and in remediation.

Should you have any questions about this, please feel free to send them to Phil Crowcroft or the NICOLE Secretariat.

The NICOLE booklet on Risk-Based Management of Mercury-impacted sites

After a year of busy preparation and supported by NICOLE members especially the Hg working group between 2013 and 2014, the booklet will be available soon on the NICOLE website, hardcopy will be available at the NICOLE workshop in Manchester.

There will be a special edition of Enews dedicated on this booklet too.

New working group – Operational Window of Remediation Technologies

From time to time the remediation performance does not fulfil the expectations. Even well-established technologies like bioremediation or in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) may fail in achieving more than one order of magnitude contaminant reduction if not applied under the appropriate conditions. Failing the right operational window may result in a low remediation success, expressed as Order of Magnitude (OoM; Figure 1) Furthermore it is astonishing that even thermal treatment technologies which claim to be highly efficient may fail in some cases. The working group will elaborate appropriate operational windows with the aim of substantial cost savings in remediation business.

Dr Thomas Held at Arcadis Deutschland GmbH will be the chair of this new Working Group. He will present more details on this WG at SPG and ISG meetings in Manchester on 24 June. We will appreciate if there could be a ISG member volunteer to co-chair with Thomas Held for this WG.

Technology Award 2015

Who will be the winner of this year?
Thanks to the enthusiastic response to the call for entries for the NICOLE Technology Award, we have received a considerable number of entries. Based on the following criteria, the jury will select the top 3 entries: innovation, potential contribution to cost savings, technical applicability and plans for communication and market availability, applicable to contaminated land. Moreover interest for NICOLE ISG/SPG, performance and technical validation, use/implementation in the field, cleanness of proposal, academic involvement and in line with the award call are criterias.

The top 3 entries will be offered the opportunity to present their work in front of their peers during the NICOLE 2015 spring workshop, June 24 – 26, 2015, Manchester, where one of those 3 will then proceed to win the Award.
Each company which holds NICOLE membership can decide and give their vote of preference of the final 3 entries on 25 June. The final winner will be announced during the workshop dinner on 25 June.

Due to the large amount of submission, the jury will finalise their decision in the week of 28 May.

Shaping the future of NICOLE

It has been suggested that NICOLE should re-orientate itself for the future and prepare and implement this transition in over the next 2 years, evolving from a rather reactive soil oriented approach (aimed at managing contaminated sites from the past) to a more pro-active, broader and sustainable approach, where NICOLE offers companies a platform to share good practices on sustainable land/ environmental management. This transition would include NICOLE adapting it’s name. For instance, one suggestion received from one of our members was to change it to something like «Network for Industrially Co-ordinated Sustainable Land Management Europe”.

Please do provide any possible suggestions to the NICOLE secretariat. Also if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Nan Su of the NICOLE Secretariat.

Special announcement on AquaConsoil 2015

Around 700 people will participate in AquaConsoil 2015 in Copenhagen, but too often at such a conference it is only by coincidence that you meet the right people. For this reason, the we have together with GTZ-Deltares planned a match-making event. The objective is to create contacts, which has the potential to lead to joint development, to projects, to sales or to cooperation.

If you participate in AquaConsoil, you can register a profile on:

Unfortunately we started planning this activity late, so the registration for match making was not part of the formal registration for the conference itself. You could help us a lot by sharing this information to whomever is going to Aquaconsoil from your organization.

At a conference everyone is searching for something. The match-making event is therefore structured, so that in addition to you profile, you must also create at least one cooperation request or cooperation offer. The profiles are individual. It takes 10 – 15 min. to register a profile. The deadline for registration is 8th June and the match-meetings themselves will take place on June 10th during the conference.

Cooperation with Swedish network Renare Mark

NICOLE Sustainable Remediation Working Group chair Laurent Bakker and Hans Slenders will give a presentation at the Seminar in Malmö, 27-28 May.
Please contact Johanna Svederud and Norin Malin for more details

The seminar Sustainable remediation is a joint venture between the Swedish network Renare Mark (Clean Soil Network) and NICOLE. The aim of the seminar is to examine the conditions for Sustainable Remediation in Europe and in Sweden. We also get a glimpse into the US Environmental Protection Agency’s work.

The seminar will be a two day event, which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden.

Day one, 27th of May, begins after lunch with a field visit in Copenhagen, focusing on sustainable solutions in urban development and developing of brownfield areas. Afterwards, busses will bring the participants to Malmö for dinner and mingling.

Day two, 28th of May, consist of a full day seminar taking place in Malmö. The seminar will describe parts of the ongoing work in Sweden, Europe and in the US. The American perspective and US-EPAs Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation will be presented by Deborah Goldblum (US-EPA). We will learn more about NICOLE and the working group Sustainable remediation through presentations given by Hans Slender (Arcadis, SuRF-NL) and Lauren Bakker (Tauw Group). Rick Parkman (URS) and Michael Hägglöv, (Fröberg and Lundholm Advokatbyrå) will describe legislations surrounding sustainable remediation in Europe and in Sweden. The Swedish perspective will also be described through an introduction to the Swedish EPA´s new project concerning technology innovations will be given by John Lotoft (Swedish EPA), and a description of SCORE, a multi-criteria tool given by Lars Rosén (Chalmers).

The seminar concludes with a workshop and panel discussion to identify and discuss which parts of the day that the participants and speakers consider to be the most important aspects to continue working on in the future.

For more information, please visit this link, also you are already able to register here.


IE Expo

May 6 – 8, 2015, Shanghai, China

As the Asia’s leading environmental show, IE expo offers an effective business and networking platform for Chinese and international professionals in the environmental sector and is accompanied by first-class technical-scientific conference program. It is the ideal platform for the professionals in the environmental industry to develop business, exchange idea and do networking.
Renare Mark

May 27 – 28, 2015, Malmö, Sweeden

Sustainable Remediation
3th International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies

May 18 – 21, 2015, Miami, Florida

The Symposium is organized and presented by Battelle and Sponsors include public-and private-sector organizations active in environmental assessment, remediation and management. Attendance is expected to be 700 to 900 scientists, engineers, regulators, remediation site owners, and other environmental professionals representing universities, government agencies, consulting, R&D and service firms from approximately 25 countries.
International Conference Contaminated Sites

May 27 – 29, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia

The Slovak Environment Agency, the programme and organizing committee would like to invite specialists from the field of contaminated sites and other related professional fellows to attend the International conference Contaminated sites Bratislava 2015 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The conference will be organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic

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.
NICOLE Spring Workshop 2015

June 24 – 26, 2015, Manchester, England

NICOLE organises yearly two workshops for its members on issues concerning contaminated land.

This Workshop’s main subjects will cover: Pharmaceutical and personal care products, Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Asbestos, Challenging Metals and Radionucleides and Radioactive substances.


September 6- 10 2015, Vienna, Austria

Engineered nanoparticles and nanomaterials offer many potential benefits as a result of novel properties and behaviour that materials can exhibit when manufactured or precisely manipulated at the nanoscale. The 10th ICEENN will bring together researchers, regulators and industry from all over the world to discuss the potential hazards and resulting risks of current and future applications in the key sector of nanotechnology, along with ways to characterize nanoparticles and mechanisms to bring about risk reduction to harvest the economic and social benefits of this fascinating technology.
BodemBreed Symposium 2015

November 2015

BodemBreed has been the main conference on soil issues in the Netherlands for more than 25 years.

More information to be announced

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