UK failing to gear up for European land clean-up

The UK will miss out on the business opportunities which are emerging across Europe in the remediation of contaminated land because its domestic policy has failed to stimulate markets for new technologies, a report from the Centre for Exploitation of Science and Technology (CEST) has warned.1 It recommends the establishment of an industry-led forum to break down the barriers facing novel clean-up methods.

The report assesses how UK businesses could take advantage of a potential EC land clean-up market likely to be worth £14-28 billion between 1992-2000. Sizeable opportunities are also emerging in eastern Europe. In the UK alone, there may be at least 50,000-100,000 contaminated sites, and cleaning these up could cost £10-30 billion (ENDS Report 201, pp 4-5).

CEST restates what has been common currency in the UK's clean-up busin

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