03 March 2016 Two Italian LIFE projects, LIFE CLEANSED (LIFE12 ENV/IT/000652) and SEKRET Life (LIFE12 ENV/IT/000442), presented their findings at a workshop organised by the region of Tuscany on 24 February 2016 in Florence. Both projects are dedicated to the treatment and reuse of sediment dredged from rivers and ports. They contributed to the workshop session, ‘Dredging in ports: a challenge to the environment’.
The workshop was attended by, among others, Federica Fratoni, councillor for the environment of the region of Tuscany; Giovanni Motta the Manager of environmental services for the port authority of Livorno; Elizabeth Scialanca, Desk Officer (DG ENV LIFE Unit), European Commission; and NEEMO project monitor Roberto Ghezzi .
Ms Fratoni commented on the success of the Tuscan LIFE projects, and their role in implementing Community policies on key issues such as environmental protection and sustainable development. "The result of technical research and innovation shows how a sensitive issue such as dredging of the ports can provide resources and environmental effects of great value,” she said. “So we hope that the work supported by European funding can progress in this area and produce results beneficial to the environment, the economy and infrastructure development.”
The LIFE CLEANSED project is demonstrating an innovative, integrated, multi-sector approach for the smart and sustainable management of dredged river sediments. The project is showing how polluted sediment can be transformed into a valuable material, for use in plant nurseries and for road building, via a specific decontamination treatment. In particular, the project has demonstrated sediment reuse as a substrate for growing ornamental species and as a material for building a hundred meters of cycle path. Find out more on the project’s website.
SEKRET Life is demonstrating that sediment dredged from port waters, which is contaminated with heavy metals and hydrocarbons, can be treated using ElectroKinetic Remediation (EKR). The project’s EKR demonstration plant in the port of Livorno is showing the environmental and economic benefits of this solution, with cleaned sediment being used for banks to build docks rather than being landfilled. Read more on the SEKRET Life website.