RIMA is a cooperation project between the University of Helsinki (Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education Kotka division and Department of Environmental Sciences) and National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics in Tallinn. The main aim of the RIMA project is to enhance the risk management of chemical accidents occurring on land and to increase the use of new, innovative remediation methods. In this respect, Finland and Estonia have several common interests and challenges, such as busy transito traffic between Russia. For example, 4.4 million tons of hazardous chemicals are transported from Russia through Finland each year and therefore the related risks should be carefully evaluated.
Many new environmentally safe and cost effective remediation methods have been developed and are being used globally, but these methods are rarely utilized in Finland and Estonia. With cross border collaboration it would be possible to achieve vast development in this field, benefiting all the parties involved. By enhancing the authorities and companies knowledge of risks, chemical accidents could be prevented or in the case of an accident already taking place, the detrimental impact on the environment could be minimized. The horizontal objective of the project is to improve cross-national chemical safety and to protect the environment.
In the project, the distribution and environmental impact of hazardous chemicals as well as the use of alternative remediation techniques will be experimentally investigated and modeled. The results will be presented in various seminars, reports and journals. The project will be implemented in collaboration with the authorities, chemical and transportation companies, remediation companies and the scientific community.
The duration of the project is 1.1.2011 - 31.12.2013 and has a total budget of approximately a million euros. The project is financed by the Central Baltic Interreg IVA- programme, the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Southwest Finland, the City of Lahti and the Partner organisations.
Field scale remediation experiment continues
Lahti Science Day
Linnaeous ECO-TECH 2012 Conference
The field scale remediation experiment continues in the Soil Research Center in Jokimaa, Lahti. Biostimulation... -> Read more
Suvi Simpanen presented the RIMA project in the 10th Lahti Science Day 27.11.2012 by a poster ... -> Read more
Professor Martin Romantschuk was the key note speaker in the Linnaeous ECO-TECH 2012 Conference 26-28 Novem... -> Read more