EGU22-3821, updated on 27 Mar 2022
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Establishing a zero-pollution circular economy: an overview of the Horizon2020-Green Deal project PROMISCES 

Julie Lions1, Ulf Miehe2, Veronika Zhiteneva2, Anne Togola1, Hans Groot3, Martine Bakker4, Eric D. van Hullebusch5, Valeria Dulio6, Michiel Zjip4, Nicole Heine7, Thomas Track7, Alexander Sperlich8, Matthias Zessner9, Carme Bosch10, Francesco Fatone11, Stefan Colombano1, Lidia Fernandez-Rojo10, and Philippe Negrel1
Julie Lions et al.
  • 1Brgm, French Geological Survey, Orléans, France (
  • 2Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin gGmbH (KWB), Cicerostrasse 24, 10709 Berlin, Germany
  • 3DELTARES, Boussinesqweg 1, 2629HV Delft, Netherlands
  • 4Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM); Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, 3721 MA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
  • 5Université de Paris, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, CNRS, UMR 7154, F-75238, Paris, France
  • 6Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques (INERIS) , France
  • 7DECHEMA e.V., Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25, 60486 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • 8Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB), Neue Jüdenstrasse 1, 10179 Berlin, Germany
  • 9TU Wien, Institut for Water Quality and Resources Management, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna, Austria
  • 10EURECAT, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya, Plaça de la Ciència, 2, 08242, Manresa, Spain
  • 11Department SIMAU, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (UnivPM), Via Brecce Bianche 12, 60121, Ancona, Italy

The PROMISCES project aims to understand the origins, routes and fates of industrial persistent, mobile and potentially toxic pollutants (iPM(T)s), including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These substances, also called “forever chemicals”, can be harmful to the environment, human health and circular economy resources.

PROMISCES will develop, test and demonstrate, new technologies and innovations to prevent, monitor and remediate iPM(T)s in the soil-sediment-water system under real-life conditions in the field. In this way, PROMISCES will establish more cost-effective, sustainable and ecological technologies for remediating PFAS and iPM(T)s.

The project will support the European Green Deal goals and sustainability roadmap of urbanised areas by reducing the environmental impacts on waters (surface and groundwater, urban runoff, drinking waters, wastewater, landfill leachate), soils (contaminated sites, brownfields) and dredged sediments (river, seaports) and of nutrient and material recovery (from sewage sludge to recovered fertilisers, dredged sediments to valorised materials, reclaimed water to crops).

To pursue this objective, PROMISCES is centered around seven representative case studies in different European regions linked with challenging chemical pollution, including locations in Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, France, Germany and the Danube river basin between Vienna and Budapest.

This Horizon2020-Green Deal project will address key technological challenges while also developing recommendations for implementing relevant EU plans - such as the Zero Pollution Action Plan, the Circular Economy Action Plan and the EU chemicals strategy for sustainability - and EU policy directives, such as the Sewage Sludge Directive and the Water Framework Directive.

How to cite: Lions, J., Miehe, U., Zhiteneva, V., Togola, A., Groot, H., Bakker, M., van Hullebusch, E. D., Dulio, V., Zjip, M., Heine, N., Track, T., Sperlich, A., Zessner, M., Bosch, C., Fatone, F., Colombano, S., Fernandez-Rojo, L., and Negrel, P.: Establishing a zero-pollution circular economy: an overview of the Horizon2020-Green Deal project PROMISCES , EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-3821,, 2022.

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