The Baltic Sea Region is one of the most innovative regions in the world when looking at new green technologies. The main objective and rationale of the project is to highlight the proactive approach when working with environmental projects by showcasing successful proactive methods and technologies to prevent hazardous and unwanted particles from reaching the Baltic Sea, and at the same time to disseminate this knowledge to the South Baltic region by having a cross-border approach.
Project manager at Linnaeus University William Hogland Other project members Jelena Lundström and Juris Burlakovs, Linnaeus University; Jan Hupka, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland; Olga Anne, Klaipeda University, Lithuania Participating organizations Seven partners: Gdansk University of Technology, Poland (coordinators); Klaipeda University, Lithuania; Linnaeus University; Industrial Development Center South; Pomeranian Special Economic Zone Ltd, Poland; NSR; Municipality of Palanga, Lithuania Five associated partners for experience sharing and support: Liepaja University, Latvia; Port of Gdansk Authority SA, Poland; Cleantech Inn; IMCG; KSRR, Sweden
This project is part of the research in The Environmental Science and Engineering Group (ESEG) research group. ESEG will work with isolation and removal of oil from soil close to the Baltic Sea through ecotextile and phytocap solutions (sunflowers in our pilot case). This pilot case will be conducted at the landfill Moskogen with assistance from the waste management organization KSRR in Kalmar.
The Baltic Sea faces challenges due to a surplus of phosphorus, nitrogen and pollutants (by being one of the busiest maritime areas in the world). The ongoing threat of a diminishing biodiversity and increased eutrophication (mainly due to NH3, NO?, PO4) is most likely the biggest challenge that the region currently faces from an environmental perspective. In addition to this, there has been a recent increase in awareness of the amounts of microplastics, up to 40 tonnes annually, being released to the Baltic Sea and the consequences these particles have on the maritime environment.
The project will raise cross-border awareness of available green technologies to prevent pollutants such as sulfur dioxides, nitrogen oxides, microplastics, oil and nutrients/heavy metals reaching the Baltic Sea. By analyzing the most optimal technical solutions, conducting pilot cases and evaluating the solutions, the project will lower the amount of pollutants and undesired particles reaching the Baltic Sea.
The project's vision is to improve collaboration between organizations and scientists to positively elaborate the Baltic Sea Region environmental quality through using experiences and the best available technology approaches.