Approaches for assessing sustainable remediation

Gitte Lemming Søndergaard, Philip John Binning, Poul Løgstrup Bjerg

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Sustainable remediation seeks to reduce direct contaminant point source impacts on the environment, while minimizing the indirect cost of remediation to the environment, society and economy. This paper presents an overview of available approaches for assessing the sustainability of alternative remediation strategies for a contaminated site. Most approaches use multi-criteria assessment methods (MCA) to structure a decision support process. Different combinations of
environmental, social and economic criteria are employed, and are assessed either in qualitative or quantitative forms with various tools such as life cycle assessment and cost benefit analysis. Stakeholder involvement, which is a key component of sustainable remediation, is conducted in various ways. Some approaches involve stakeholders directly in the evaluation or weighting of criteria, whereas other approaches only indirectly consider stakeholder preferences. MCA methods
are very useful when comparing remediation alternatives, since they allow for a joint assessment of many types of indicators; however the available tools and methods differ substantially, for instance in their selection of indicators, approaches to stakeholder involvement and uncertainty analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event6th joint nordic meeting of remediation of contaminated sites (NORDROCS 2016) - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 5 Sep 20168 Sep 2016
Conference number: 6

Conference

Conference6th joint nordic meeting of remediation of contaminated sites (NORDROCS 2016)
Number6
CountryFinland
CityEspoo
Period05/09/201608/09/2016

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Søndergaard, G. L., Binning, P. J., & Bjerg, P. L. (2016). Approaches for assessing sustainable remediation. Abstract from 6th joint nordic meeting of remediation of contaminated sites (NORDROCS 2016), Espoo, Finland.
Søndergaard, Gitte Lemming ; Binning, Philip John ; Bjerg, Poul Løgstrup. / Approaches for assessing sustainable remediation. Abstract from 6th joint nordic meeting of remediation of contaminated sites (NORDROCS 2016), Espoo, Finland.5 p.
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Approaches for assessing sustainable remediation. / Søndergaard, Gitte Lemming; Binning, Philip John; Bjerg, Poul Løgstrup.

2016. Abstract from 6th joint nordic meeting of remediation of contaminated sites (NORDROCS 2016), Espoo, Finland.

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