Environmental Rehabilitation of brownfield Sites in central Europe

The European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates that polluting activities have occurred in about 3 million sites in Europe and that “data on the redevelopment of brownfields are patchy and hardly comparable, reflecting the lack of a common definition of the problem across Europe”. Territorial analyses carried out by prominent networks (e.g. Cabernet) show that the issue of brownfield development outlines a core topic for the central Europe area.

GreenerSites seeks to improve the environmental management of un- or underused industrial areas. The project aims to achieve this through the definition of strategies and tools that are based on a sustainable, integrated approach to make functional urban areas (FUAs) cleaner, healthier and more liveable places. Project partners will bring about a shared and enhanced knowledge on integrated environmental management of brownfields. 

They will also reinforce capacities of the public sector to plan and carry out brownfield regeneration and produce well-defined sustainability measures and tools to ensure the effectiveness of environmental planning. GreenerSites will build on know-how from previous EU projects and existing networks. Main outputs of the project will be:

  • A common tool for brownfield regeneration stemming from the preliminary analyses conducted in 9 central European FUAs;
  • 9 strategic action plans defined in two steps (joint concept and full definition at FUA level after pilot phase);
  • 11 pilot actions testing more sustainable and novel technical solutions in brownfields to improve their environmental performance;
  • A full training package for public employees and stakeholders;
  • A common transferability manual.

GreenerSites in Numbers








Pilot Actions


 Greenersites duration

Start Date

June 2016

End Date

May 2019

associated partners

environment agency austria

NICOLE – Network for Industrially contaminated Land in Europe

Industrial Zone of Porto Marghera

Municipality of Radom

Regional Directorate of the Environment Protection bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park

Energo Ltd.

SuRF Italy – thematic working group of Reconnet on sustainable remediation

Metropolitan City of Venice

Marshall Office of Kujawasko-Pomorskie Region

Brownfield Authority of Saxony -Anhalt

Regional Inspectorate of the Environment Protection bydgoszcz

Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning

City of Halle

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