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ConSoil 2008 Special Session: Brownfields, Bioenergy and Biofeedstocks (Rejuvenate)
Internet-based seminar
Hosted by Provincia di Milano (IT), German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF/DE), and Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment (VROM/NL)

Brownfield land exists for which there is no economic case for restoration to conventional functional re-use and/or no realistic prospect for 'hard' re-use. All across Europe and America there are areas of land which have been degraded by past use that are not easy candidates for conventional regeneration, often on economic grounds, or because there is no real driver for their redevelopment. An ideal solution for such areas would be a land management approach that is able to pay for itself, or is revenue generating. The combination of a wider range of risk management approaches with the emerging broad range of non-food uses of land offers great potential for low (or no) cost risk based land management that is stable and sustainable. This session (chaired by Thomas Track - Dechema, Germany) includes:
  1. Opportunities for managing marginal land for biomass, bioenergy and biofeedstocks in the UK, Sweden and Germany - a preliminary assessment: Paul Bardos (r3 environmental technology ltd, UK)
  2. Use of soil amendments for remediation, soil amendments for remediation, revitalization, and reuse, Michele Mahoney, US EPA.
  3. A Swedish case study - potential biofuel production and remediation/stabilisation, Yvonne Andersson-Sköld, Swedish Geotechnical Institute
  4. Discussion

More information on ConSoil 2008 is available through the ConSoil 2008 web site.

For general information contact Jean Balent by telephone at 202-566-0832
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