The project is part of the research in The Environmental Science and Engineering Group (ESEG) research group.
Project manager at Linnaeus University
Other project members
Jelena Lundström and Juris Burlakovs, Linnaeus University; Jan Hupka, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland; Olga Anne, Klaipeda University, Lithuania
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 Univeristy, Latvia; Port of Gdansk Authority SA, Poland; CleantechInn; IMCG; KSRR, Sweden
Interreg South Baltic Programme
1 July 2017-30 June 2020
Environmental Science (Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)
More about the project
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.