Experimental Laboratory: Brownfield Soil Remediation Techniques

Project information

Index: 0575R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Cultural heritage and landscape
Location ITALY NORD-OVEST Torino Piemonte Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2010-11-01

Topic of the practice

Brownfield solid remediation techniques

Good Practice Information

The experimental laboratory is initiated by the B-Team partners; the Municipality of Torino and University of Torino, together with a private institution Reviplant s.s- R&D Department. The experimental project, which is located on-site of the identified Brownfield area, presents the various techniques in soil remediations. It is demonstrated that soils or soil materials in Brownfield areas has numerous limitations; to name a few, soils are contaminated, low fertility and coarse in its structure. In the experimental laboratory, Brownfield soils are sieve to reduce the overall volume and the fine fractions are remediated. Soil remediation techniques includes phytoremediation, bioremediation, chemical immobilisation and revegetation of derelict soils.
The main stakeholders of the experimental project are the City Council of Torino, the University of Torino and the local communities within the identified Brownfield area. The results of the demonstration shows the potential success in soil remediation techniques which can be replicated in other partner cities, or even adopted into a wider scale of actual Brownfield redevelopment. Another objective of this laboratory is to bring the remediation process closer to the public and to overcome their fear of Brownfield sites by using a transparent method.

Evidence of success

The experiment/ practice is considered very good because it presents successful techniques in soil remediation that can be utilised in the development of Brownfield sites and on the wide field of urban regeneration. Contaminated soils are turned into useful greening agents, soil properties and characteristics are improved to support plant life that can be used in regenerating the Brownfield areas. The soil remediation techniques have a enormous potential in converting Brownfields to Greenfields. Since the initiative is only on experiment level and demonstration of techniques, it is hard to quantify in terms of % hectares brownfield lands regenerated and other indicators at this stage.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Ms. Raffaella Scalisi

Municipality of Torino



Annex completed on: 03-23-2011

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