Brownfield land, why not a valuable resource

CL:AIRE’s goal is to support the beneficial use of Brownfield land and remediation technologies.

Brownfield land (defined as redevelopment of previously used land) can affect everyone, whether by the blight caused by living or working in close proximity to a Brownfield site, through involvement with the regulation of possible harmful effects from the land, or in the redevelopment and reuse of the land. However, brownfield land can be a valuable resource that is often not exploited to its full potential. Returning Brownfield land to beneficial use can contribute to sustainable development of our towns and cities by reducing pressure on Greenfield sites, whether for housing, commercial or amenity use. Concentrating development on Brownfield sites can help to make the best use of existing services such as transport and waste management.

As well, there is a close relationship between Brownfield land and contaminated land. Many Brownfield sites are former industrial sites and as such may have been contaminated by previous uses. The term ‘land contamination’ covers a wide range of situations where land is contaminated in some way. In a small number of these situations where certain criteria are met, a site might be determined ‘contaminated land’ which has a specific definition set out in legislation.

In this connection, Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) has  as objective to raise standards and develop and promote good practice in the clean-up of land affected by contamination. It is the UK’s Brownfield and contaminated land information provider. It has a track record developing good practice in partnership with different stakeholders depending on the subject and it has developed a number of new solutions and practices looking at innovative ways to deal with contaminated soil and groundwater and reuse of soils in a sustainable way.

CL:AIRE’s goal is to support the beneficial use of Brownfield land and remediation technologies.

CL:AIRE’s work promotes the clear benefits of remediating and re-using land such as:

  • Bringing commercial, environmental and business value back to the land.
  • Enabling economic activity and inward investment.
  • Reducing contaminated soil taken to landfill.

CL:AIRE is committed to increasing the uptake and development of innovative and practical solutions to the remediation of land affected by contamination. Its expertise enables it to focus on the following core goals:

  • To provide a unique system of independent appraisals for technologies, monitoring and site investigation techniques to give confidence to site owners and developers.
  • To communicate scientifically credible and practical information on land affected by contamination and remediation to all interested parties.
  • To provide support to private and public bodies in accelerating the sustainable regeneration of Brownfield land and land affected by contamination.
  • To promote business opportunities for all its partners, by linking problem holders with appropriate solutions.

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    • Brownfields is defined as abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities areas and they are available for re-use. The land may be contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution, and has the potential to be reused once it is cleaned up. CL:AIRE is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible to stimulate the regeneration of these contaminated land in the UK by raining awareness of and confidence in practical, sustainable remediation technologies.

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