ZeroPM: Zero pollution of Persistent, Mobile substances
Research Project , 2021 – 2026

Persistent and (polar) mobile (PM) substances are a potential threat to water quality. They do not (bio)degrade, and sorption is ineffective for removing such substances during water treatment. The EU-funded ZeroPM project will interlink and synergise prevention, prioritisation and removal strategies to protect the environment and human health from PM substances. With 15 partners, the project brings together leading researchers, regulators and green chemistry innovation experts. ZeroPM will be a pathfinding project, turning the ambitions of the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability into reality and supporting the movement towards a zero-pollution, toxic-free environment.

ZeroPM will interlink and synergize prevention, prioritization and removal strategies to protect the environment and human health from persistent, mobile (PM) substances. To do this, ZeroPM will establish an evidence-based multilevel framework to guide policy, technological and market incentives to minimize use, emissions and pollution of entire groups of PM substances.

To prevent pollution, ZeroPM will activate the momentum of the EU's Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and support its implementation through the development of scientific, policy and market tools supporting essential use and mitigation of prioritized PM substances, resulting in substitution to safe and sustainable alternatives. ZeroPM will prioritize PM substances and substance groups through the development and application of robust screening and prioritization tools aimed at identifying all PM substances on the global chemical inventory. These tools will take into consideration production, use, presence in the circular economy, hazard and risk established by advancing in silico and in vitro new approach methodologies (NAM) using non-animal approaches. ZeroPM will develop next generation remediation techniques to remove prioritized PM substances from water resources, drinking water and sludge-derived products sustainably.

ZeroPM unites leading researchers, regulators and green chemistry innovation experts that have been instrumental in advancing the science and awareness of PM substances, to form an exemplary multidisciplinary team. ZeroPM will deliver policy improvements, an increase in business opportunities and competitiveness, an improved livelihood for EU citizens and beyond state of the art methods, to prevent regrettable substitution and regrettable remediation of PM substance groups. ZeroPM will be the pathfinding project enabling the ambitions of the Chemical Strategy to become an on-the-ground reality, supporting the movement towards a zero pollution, toxic-free environment.

Participants

Gregory Peters (contact)

Full Professor at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Rahul Aggarwal

Doctoral Student at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Rickard Arvidsson

Associate Professor at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Sverker Molander

Full Professor at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Magdalena Svanström

Full Professor at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Collaborations

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur

Munchen, Germany

Internation Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec)

Göteborg, Sweden

MILIEU CONSULTING

Bryssel, Belgium

Norwegian Institute for Water Research

Oslo, Norway

Stichting VU-VUmc

Amsterdam, Netherlands

STIFTELSEN NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT (NGI)

Olso, Norway

Stockholm University

Stockholm, Sweden

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

Zürich, Switzerland

TG Environmental Research

Sharnbrook, United Kingdom

The DVGW

Bonn, Germany

Umweltbundesamt

Dessau-rosslau, Germany

University of Aegean

Mytilini, Greece

University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

University of Vienna

Wien, Austria

Funding

European Commission (EC)

Project ID: 101036756
Funding Chalmers participation during 2021–2026

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

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Latest update

2022-05-05