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Project: Baltic Phytoremediation (BAPR)

The project aims to increase the use of green technology in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area. The proposed project “Baltic Phytoremediation” will well contribute to the market spread of the proposed technology and to the diversification of the environmental remediation. The project can also be a contributing factor to effective environmental management of contaminated sites, and it fits the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region very well.

​Project information

Project manager
William Hogland
Other project members at Linnaeus University
Jelena Lundström
Participating organizations
- Linnaeus University, Sweden (lead partner)
- NSR AB, Sverige
- Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland
- Klaipėda University, Lithuania
- Gdańsk Municipal Waste Management, Poland
- Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Lithuania
- Water, waste management and district heating company in Hässleholm (HMAB), Sweden
Associated partners
- The Swedish Embassy in Warsaw, Poland
- Roskilde University, Denmark
- Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Latvia
- IUC Syd, Sweden
Financier
Interreg South Baltic (total budget EUR 1 357 300)
Timetable
1 June 2019–5 May 2022
Subject
Environmental technology (Department of biology and environmental science, Faculty of health and life sciences)

More about the project

This project aims at preventing soil contamination, which is a challenge defined on the European-wide scale. The threat from heavy metals soil pollution results directly as the consequence of the movement in the food chain: the soil – plants (i.e. crops) – animals and the possibility of accumulation in the last link, i.e. the human body. The project fills the niche for green tech innovation, linking agriculture, industry and green technologies for a cleaner environment. 

The overall idea of the project is to raise cross-border awareness of available green phytoremediation technologies to clean soil from pollutants such as oil, industry related contaminants, heavy metals, nutrients and microplastics, through new arenas of cooperation that focus on a circular economy approach.

The project will show case solutions on phytoremediation and energy production from grown crops to clean polluted soil, and host a network to exchange cross-border knowledge through best practices/standards.

Specific objective

The overall objective is increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area.

The project is part of the research in The Environmental Science and Engineering Group (ESEG) research group.

One of the project main outputs – Three Pilot Cases

The pilot cases will focus on:

  • NSR AB
    To reduce the nutrient levels in the landfill's protective and plant layers, leading to reduced pollution of leachate water so that it can be released directly to the recipient, and identify a way to utilize harvested biomass.  
  • Gdansk University of Technology and ZUT – Gdańsk Municipality Waste Management Facility
    Selection and testing of a plant species useful for phytoremediation of leakages from landfill in order to their biological detoxification. This general aim includes also the assessment on the possibility of phytoextraction from soil of pollutants included in the leakages, e.g. heavy metals (especially Cr at various oxidation states) as well as organic pollutants, including PAHs, dioxins or PCBs. 
  • Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry
    Evaluation of the potential of various plant species to accumulate heavy metals in their biomass by fertilizing them with sewage sludge obtained from Klaipėda city water treatment plants.

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Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana (flaming Katy, Christmas kalanchoe, florist kalanchoe, Madagascar widow's-thrill), one of the plants that may be used in the study. Hogland
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Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana (flaming Katy, Christmas kalanchoe, florist kalanchoe, Madagascar widow's-thrill), one of the plants that may be used in the study. Hogland
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