IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute takes another step towards energy and climate smart urbanisation. The Cityfied project will make several European cities smart through a more efficient use of energy.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute has carried out a study to determine the amount of micro debris discharged from a selection of Swedish wastewater treatment plants. Sampling shows that large quantities of minute plastic particles, 0.02 millimeters or larger, are discharged into the sea along with the wastewater.
Collaboration between the Swedish Environmental Research Institute and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden is now to be further developed around the common pilot and research facility Hammarby Sjöstadsverk – a resource that has no equivalent elsewhere in Europe.
A new purification system for treating wastewater for reuse or other purposes requiring a high level of purity has been launched by technology company Xylem Water Solutions (formerly ITT). Research and product testing has been carried out at the Hammarby Sjöstadsverk R&D facility, jointly owned by KTH Royal Institute of Technology and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
Ventilation systems that are not properly cleaned can lead to problems with the indoor air. According to a new study by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, dirt and moisture in the system allows microorganisms to grow, which in turn can form irritants that can spread throughout the indoor environment.
The shipping industry is facing major challenges. Sea transports are expected to rise sharply, at the same time as the shipping industry will meet tougher environmental regulations. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute will in a new project examine the total energy consumption for shipping to and from Sweden, and analyse potential available fuel savings for different types of ships.
According to a survey commissioned by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute nine out of ten, 92 percent, of the leading candidates to parliament are pro stricter environmental monitoring of chemicals. 95 percent also believe that there should be tougher demands on industry and commerce to declare the content of their products. An improved content declaration of goods is also supported by a large part of the general public.
IVL's Tina Skårman has been chosen the new Chairperson for the so-called PRTR Protocol (Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Register) - a protocol under the Aarhus Convention, which handles the establishment of a register for release and transfer of pollutants, as well as the public's right to access of environmental information.
Climate change is a hot topic in the run-up to the Swedish general elections. According to a new survey conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, 71 per cent of parliamentary candidates topping party lists believe that climate change is the most serious environmental problem. The public is more divided on the issue, although most agree with the politicians’ assessment.