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Introducing the EU Project ZeroPM: Zero Pollution of Persistent and Mobile Substances

The importance of limiting the release of persistent and mobile substances is based on increasing evidence that they are increasingly accumulating over time and space, entering drinking water sources and re-circulating within anthropogenic and natural water cycles. Consequently, even in instances where toxic hazards have not yet been identified, concern, due to long-term legacy potential can be perceived as sufficient evidence to screen and prioritize potential persistent and mobile substances. Once a persistent and mobile substance is environmentally ubiquitous, it may be too late for it to be efficiently removed. In addition, if toxic properties or other risks are later identified, risk management may be too late and ineffective.

The Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Zero pollution of persistent, mobile substances (ZeroPM, grant agreement number 101036756) began in 2021 and will interlink prevention, prioritization and removal strategies to protect human health and the environment from persistent and mobile substances. The results from ZeroPM will guide policy, technological and market incentives to minimize use, emissions and pollution of entire groups of persistent and mobile substances.

This collection of papers will provide an overview of the activities that are planned in the ZeroPM project as well as showing the solutions ZeroPM is working towards.

Deadline: 30th July 2023

Lead Guest Editor:
Henner Hollert, RWTH Aachen University
Guest Editors:
Sarah Hale, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
Hans Peter Arp, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
Olga-Ioanna Kalantzi, University of the Aegean