In the European Union there are 42 potentially contaminated sites and 5.7 contaminated sites per 10,000 inhabitants, with about 340,000 sites that require remediation. Currently only about 15% of contaminated soil have been carried out clean-up operations. The most common soil contaminants are heavy metals in Europe, followed by mineral oil, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and from mixtures of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX).
The contamination of air, water and soil by these compounds represents a threat to the health and the environment that needs to be resolved efficiently.
LIFE BIOREST LIFE BIOREST aims at demonstrating the economic sustainability and efficiency of a bioremediation method based on the selection and bioaugmentation of autochthonous microbial strains selected for their high degrading capacity. With the final goal of restoring the ecological functions of the soils, counteract the loss of fertility, biodiversity and resilience and bring new green areas back for the community.