Other project members at Linnaeus University
- 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
- The Swedish Embassy in Warsaw, Poland
- Roskilde University, Denmark
- Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Latvia
- IUC Syd, Sweden
Interreg South Baltic (total budget EUR 1 357 300)
1 June 2019–5 May 2022
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.
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.
Read/listen to more
- International Online Workshop on phytoremediation methods and technologies, 23 February 2021
Newsletter.pdf, 23 February 2021
- Interreg South Baltic programme's projects at Eco-Tech 2020 conference in Kalmar
- Nyhetsbrev SKNO september 2020.pdf
- Experten: De här växterna kan ta bort gifter i din trädgård
Feature in the radio channel P4 Kalmar, 27 August 2019 (in Swedish)
- Växter skulle kunna användas för att sanera kring glasbruken
Feature in the radio channel P4 Kalmar, 10 June 2020 (in Swedish)
- Gräs ett nytt vapen mot föroreningar
Feature in Kristianstadsbladet, local paper in the Scania region, 23 June 2020 (in Swedish)
The project is financed by
BAPR 2nd cross-border seminar 7 September 2020
On 7th of September, the 2nd cross-border seminar of the international project “Baltic Phytoremediation” – “Plant remediation of contaminated soil: opportunities and perspectives” was held digital in order to share knowledge about the application of green and innovative technologies for the cleaning of heavy metal contaminated soil and increasing the phytoremediation potential in Lithuania.
The seminar program here
BAPR 1st cross-border seminar 7 May, 2020
On behalf of Zaklad Utylizacyjny and Gdansk University of Technology, project partners have been invited to the 1st online Cross-border seminar in BAPR project. The seminar was held on May 7, 2020.
Purpose was to provide understanding about phytoremediation issues in Poland and dissemination the results and knowledge to reduced pollution, but also to create new networks of cooperation.
Cooperating organizations, beneficiaries, Polish entrepreneurship and stakeholders were targeted during this one-day seminar.
Study tour was produced by hosted partner and has been specifically designed for online meeting to give overview over Gdansk Municipal Waste Treatment Plant.
BAPR distance meeting 17 April 2020
BAPR project partners from Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania and Poland gathered in front of the screens to discuss how the Covid-19 situation is affecting the project. Some of the questions discussed were:
- What options we have to work on the project's goals under new circumstances.
- The work plan changes, as well as project digitalization.
- The reduced traveling costs and how that could be used from one activity to another.