SAFIRE- Sustainability Asessment For Improved Remediation Efficiency
Research Project, 2015 – 2018

The main objective of this project is to evaluate how sustainability assessments can improve the efficiency of site remediation in Sweden.


Although remediations provide reduced risks to the environment and human health the Swedish EPA is concerned about the slow progress of remediation and that the national environmental objectives may not be reached. There is also concern that remediations are too expensive, have a low level of innovation, and may result in substantial environmental footprints. It is now widely recognized that sustainability assessments are needed to provide a holistic decision-support for sound prioritizations of remediations.


The SCORE sustainability assessment method, developed at Chalmers, is used in on-going remediation projects to investigate the impact of sustainability assessments on remediation efficiency. The project comprises of 7 work-packages: WP1 is project management and WP7 is dissemination. The project starts with identifying possible indicators and mapping stakeholder views with regard to remediation efficiency (WP2). Then, three WPs on SCORE assessments and efficiency are performed: on how to effectively incorporate SCORE in the remediation process (WP3), on what impacts SCORE may have on the selection of remediation designs (WP4), and on what impact SCORE assessments have on the remediation efficiency (WP5). Finally, the learning process for stakeholders as a result of implementing sustainability assessment is evaluated (WP6).


Keywords: sustainable remediation, efficient remediation, efficiency, sustainability assessment, remediation, contaminated sites, SCORE

The project is carried out at the division of geology and geotechnics, research group environmental geology – land and water resources, department of architecture and civil engineering also at FRIST Competence centre.



Lars Rosen (contact)

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

Robert Anderson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

Jenny Norrman

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

Yevheniya Volchko

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics


Enveco Environmental Economics Consultancy


Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)

Uppsala, Sweden


Solna, Sweden

Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI)

Linköping, Sweden



Project ID: 210-2014-90
Funding Chalmers participation during 2014–2017

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Areas of Advance


More information

Project Web Page at Chalmers

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