Bringing land contaminated by heavy industry is going to be a priority in the future, as we need to address issues surrounding future food production, environmental protection and energy crops.
On 19 April 2016, the first International Symposium on Phytoremediation for Energy and Element Developments (SPEED) was held at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in London.
Leading international researchers explored the research challenges of using plant technologies to bring contaminated land back into use. The experts looked at the economic and policy drivers for using this technology to not only clean land, but also ways in which valuable metals currently causing pollution can be reclaimed.
Global estimates indicate that there is over 400 million hectares of abandoned land unsuitable for agriculture due to contamination by toxic metals. The symposium brought together leading researchers working in this area to develop a future vision for this sector and discussed the innovative technologies arising from their work.
Find out how scientists from the CL4W project are researching how to use plants to clean contaminated land while reclaiming valuable metals.