Commissioned by the County Administrative Board in Western Gotland, researchers at IVLSwedish Environmental Research Institutehave measured the levels of micro-debris along the Swedish West Coast. 14 different sites from Gothenburg in the south to Smögen in the north have been examined. The highest levels have been found near towns and in the vicinity of industrial areas.
A lot is being said about ecosystem services – services that nature provides us with and that we are dependent upon. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute was commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out a study of the various ecosystem services found in Swedish forests.
The use of nano materials containing nanoparticles is accelerating in several different work environments, such as in construction and manufacturing industries, but also in pharmaceuticals and personal care products.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is taking over the EPD® System for environmental declarations when the Swedish Environmental Management Council is liquidated. In this way additional expertise, experience and development resources will be tied to the EPD® System by IVL's international operations, deep expertise and network of contacts. For IVL the takeover is a logic step in the already pointed out direction of broad focus on LCA (life cycle assessments), resource-efficient and climate-friendly products and system analysis for sustainable development.
A number of major players in the construction sector are in an agreement on how life cycle analyses, LCA, are to be used for constructions. The parties have also agreed that an LCA perspective is the foundation for the construction industry's contribution to a more sustainable development. The parties are now urging municipalities, developers and other parts of the building and property sector to take their share of responsibility and start making demands that LCA consistently should be used to describe environmental performance.
About 40 chemicals are regulated within the EU Water Framework Directive, a fraction of all the different substances that are used in society. In the EU regulation REACH there are 148,000 pre-registered substances alone. New chemicals are also continuously being developed for different purposes. A new European research project will provide a basis for risk assessment and advice to policy makers, in order to get an overview of this compound array of chemicals.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute have been assigned two million Swedish crowns from the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management for the development of a sustainable solution for the purification of waste water from drug residues.
Tests carried out at the research facility Hammarby Sjöstadsverk has shown that membrane technology can reduce emissions of nitrogen and phosphorus from Stockholm’s waste water. The technology is also likely to be efficient in the treatment of removing drug residues from the waste water.
Half of all the water going into the treatment plants does not actually need to be cleaned. At the same time untreated water is released into the water when the grids overload. Errors can be fixed quickly with better monitoring and control of the water and wastewater network, saving both money and the environment.
Wastewater from private sewages accounts for about 15 percent of the emission of nitrogen and phosphorus into the Baltic Sea. The local contribution from private households into lakes and bays could be even higher. Local sewages are to be tested in a new project by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute in order to improve their ability to clean wastewater from both excessive nutrients and pharmaceutical residues.