Both the Contaminated Land and Environmental Laboratories Working Groups at the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) met on Wednesday 1 February, to discuss important updates related to Brownfield Land, and PFAS in soil.
Members of the Environmental Laboratories Working Group were joined by guests from LQM for a discussion on guidance relating to PFAS in soil and water.
The group discussed the importance of ensuring that laboratories have the necessary expertise and equipment to test for emerging contaminants, such as PFAS.
They also discussed the need for clear and consistent guidance on the sampling and analysis of these substances and the importance of addressing cross-contamination during sampling.
Members of EIC’s Contaminated Land Working Group continued activities as part of the industry-wide ‘brownfield first’ campaign. Members discussed the progress made in developing brownfield sites and the challenges that still need to be addressed.
The group engaged in a productive discussion, sharing their experiences and insights on the challenges and opportunities of brownfield development. They discussed the importance of promoting sustainable and innovative development practices that prioritise environmental protection while also creating economic value.
The members of both the Contaminated Land Working Group and the Environmental Laboratories Working Group discussed the importance of collaboration and knowledge-sharing to address the challenges facing the industry.
They emphasised the need for ongoing research and development and the importance of promoting innovation in environmental testing and remediation practices.
Michael Lunn, part of the Policy Team at the EIC said: “It was great to kick off 2023 with a packed agenda at both our working groups. Both meetings were productive and insightful sessions, highlighting the challenges and opportunities in the industry.
"The presentations and discussions provided valuable insights into emerging contaminants and brownfield development, and identified a range of promising solutions and strategies for promoting progress.
The members of both groups expressed their commitment to continuing this important work and collaborating to achieve a more sustainable future.”
To get involved in either of EIC’s Working Groups, please contact Michael Lunn.