Water and Land Remediation



Project description and aims

The contaminated sites management is a process that has different speeds in Members States. This is due partly on difference in legislation that would mean different definitions as for making some examples “potentially contaminated sites”, “contaminated sites”, “remediated sites”. For this reason, the European Commission-JRC launched an initiative with EEA-EIONET network to find common definitions and a survey in MS in 2018 ( that resulted in defining 6 site statuses.

The expected outcomes of this projects are:

  • Support/exchange technical experience required to make progress with the Remediation phase in Europe in order to enable those MS in which no procedure is currently taking place to have one reference.
  • To share knowledge, skills and good practices, producing technical guidance, coordinating action between countries.
  • To involve the main European Networks that deal with contaminated sites issues like COMMON FORUM, Eionet WG Contamination and NICOLE.

Submit case studies on Thermal Desorption and Phytoremediation

The project team has prepared two questionnaires related to "Thermal Desorption" and "Phytoremediation" technologies, which will be the subject of the next phase of the project. You are invited to submit your case studies and share this with your colleagues, using the following template, preferably in .docx format. Not necessarily all questions are relevant. The names of the submitters will be mentioned in the acknowledgement . The deadline is Feb. 28, 2023, and the document should be sent to Marco Falconi's email (, with the subject line "Thermal Desorption case study" or "Phytoremediation case study." Drafts of the final reports are expected in October 2023 and will then be translated into several EU languages.

Thermal Desorption questionnaire

Phytoremediation questionnaire

Final reports

The project team has released the following final reports in 2021, on In Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) and Soil Vapour Extraction (SVE) in several EU languages:

In Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) report (EN)

Έκθεση για την επιτόπια χημική οξείδωση (ΕΤΧΟ),Τελική έκθεση (GR)

Ossidazione chimica in situ (ISCO) report (IT)

In situ chemische oxidatie (ISCO) (NL)

Utlenianie Chemiczne In Situ - raport (PL)

Raport privind Oxidarea Chimică in-situ (ISCO). (RO)

In Situ Kemična Oksidacija (In Situ Chemical Oxidation - ISCO) poročilo (SI)

In situ chemická oxidácia (ISCO), Záverečná správa (SK)

Yerinde Kimyasal Oksidasyon Raporu (TR)

Rapport sur l'oxydation chimique in situ (OCIS) (FR)

Soil Vapour Extraction (SVE) report (EN)

Έκθεση για την εξαγωγή ατμών εδάφους. (GR)

Rapport sur l'extraction des vapeurs du sol (EVS). (FR)

Estrazione vapori da suolo (SVE) (IT)

Bodemlucht-Extractie -report (NL)

Ekstrakcja Par z Gruntu (SVE) - raport (PL)

Raport privind extracția vaporilor din sol (SVE). (RO)

Ekstrakcija talnih hlapov (Soil Vapour Extraction - SVE) poročilo (SI)

Extrakcia pôdneho vzduchu (SVE) (SK)

Toprak Gazı Ekstraksiyonu (SVE) Raporu (TR)

Draft reports

The project team has released two draft reports on Multi Phase Extraction and Soil Washing on 15 October 2022.

MPE draft report IMPEL-CF-EIONET-NICOLE_15oct22.pdf


SW draft report IMPEL-CF-EIONET-NICOLE_15oct22.pdf



You are invited to submit your comments, share this possibility to your colleagues, using exclusively the commenting template. Comments could be general, technical, editorial. Reviewers names will be mentioned in the acknowledgement.

Comments/observations should be submitted using the reported formats not later than 15 November 2022 to Marco Falconi (, with object “MPE comments” or “Soil Washing comments”.

Related files/information

• Soil Thematic strategy.
• COM(2006)231 final.
• Stockholm Convention (art. 6, last version).
• MINAMATA Convention on Mercury.
• No net land take by 2050 reported for the first time in the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, COM(2011) 571 final.

Number: 2021/08-WP6, 2020/09 – Status: Ongoing – Period: 2021 – Topic: Water and land - Tags:

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