Northwest economic boost for land remediation sector
6 June 2007, News release from Envirolink Northwest Limited
A body of environmental and industry experts is being brought together by Envirolink Northwest to form a new group that could bring massive economic benefits to the Northwest.
The Northwest Land Remediation Network is a knowledge-sharing bank to encourage uptake of best practice. This collective expertise will then be marketed to others, particularly in relation to soft end use remediation for schemes such as community woodlands.
Those behind the measure believe the ability and know-how of this group can be sold to other economies both in the UK and abroad, potentially creating new jobs in the region.
The Northwest's industrial legacy has left around 25,000 hectares - an incredible six per cent of the region - classed as brownfield or derelict land. A desire to bring those sites back into use means the Northwest is now home to some of the world's leading figures and technologies in the land remediation field. More than 700 companies from across the Northwest region are now working in the sector.
Nick Storer, Envirolink Northwest's new Chief Executive, said:
"The Northwest of England has a legacy of 25,000 hectares of derelict land. It is clear that the Northwest of England holds a great deal of knowledge and expertise on how to tackle derelict land. New and emerging technologies are key; we have produced a robust series of case studies that effectively demonstrate the use of innovative and cost effective technologies in this sector, as well as underpin the breadth of expertise in the Northwest. The first steps are being taken to unite these experts under a common flag as the Northwest Land Remediation Network. By working from a common framework, we can encourage local industry and academia to market our region's excellence in this field to its full potential."
A recent Envirolink Northwest report, 'Market Study into Timeframes & Demands for Environmental Technologies in Brownfield Regeneration in the Northwest', identifies that out of 22 emerging environmental technologies in the land remediation sector, seven technologies have bright prospects for increasing use in the future; at least 19 different land remediation technologies have been tried and tested at least once already in the Northwest.
The case studies demonstrating land remediation technologies used in the Northwest will be launched at an Envirolink Northwest event on 28th June, at Manchester Art Gallery. The workshop, 'Solutions for Problem Contaminants in the Northwest Land Remediation Sector' is being held in partnership with CL:AIRE on behalf of IPM-Net. To register for this and other Envirolink Northwest events, please visit www.envirolinknorthwest.co.uk.
Forthcoming Envirolink Northwest events are:
20th June: Organic Waste Management & Anaerobic Digestion
The Heath Conference Centre, Runcorn
28th June: Solutions for Problem Contaminants in the Northwest Land Remediation Sector
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
12th July: Energy Efficiency & Low Carbon Generation
Birchwood Centre, Warrington
17th July: Environmental Monitoring & Analysis for the Nuclear Industry
Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster
Those involved in or with an interest in the Northwest land remediation sector should contact Mark Whitworth at Envirolink Northwest on 01925 856043, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.