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Assessing the wider environmental value of remediating land contamination

Author: Bardos, R.P. · Kearney, T.E. · Nathanail, C.P. · Weenk, A. · Martin, I.D.
Type:article
Date:2000
Publisher: Thomas Telford
Place: London
Institution: TNO Milieu, Energie en Procesinnovatie
Source:Harder, W.Arendt, F., Consoil 2000 : 7th international FZK/TNO conference on contaminated soil, organized by Research Centre Karlsruhe (KZK, D), TNO, in cooperation with UFZ Leipzig, 18-22 Sept 2000. Vol. 1, 99-106
Identifier: 529116
Keywords: Environment · Brownfields · Contaminated sites · Decision making · Decision support · Environmental impact · Industrial sites · Remediation · Remediation efficiency · sustainability

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to consider qualitative and quantitative approaches for assessing the wider environmental value of remediating land contamination. In terms of the environmental element of sustainable development, a remediation project's overall environmental performance is the sum of the environmental elements of the core and non-core aims of a remediation project. The core aims are those fixed by the primary drivers and constraints of the project. Non-core performance is related to wider environmental, economic and social impacts and benefits. Wider environmental effects might include a variety of components within categories such as: aggravation factors, air and atmosphere; water function, ground function; legacy; resource and energy utilisation; and conservation.