Linking remediation strategies to the need for future productive settlements

The City of Venice is focusing its Pilot Action on the Porto Marghera Industrial Area with the involvement of its Remediation Office and the Economic Development Department. 

  • Characteristics of the brownfield:

    • Size: 1828 ha
    • Location: on the edge of the Venice lagoon
    • Ownership: 35% public, 65% private
    • Since 1998 (Law n. 426/1998) it is declared "Remediation Site of National Interest" because of its potential impact on the environment, due to its surface extension and risk posed by contaminants
    • Despite its decline, the industrial site of Porto Marghera is still active and remains an economic node of the Venetian and Veneto Region area, with 841 economic activities and 10.480 employees 


  • Main issues/problems:
    • Specific contamination of soil and groundwater deriving from the former petrochemical production
    • Sanitary risk posed by contamination: in particular, potential impacts on population due to the presence of 9 factories using dangerous substances
    • Serious hazard for Venice lagoon due to pollution of groundwater of the site
    • In 49% of the total area the remediation projects have been approved by the relevant but not yet started
    • remediation procedures have been completed only in 14% of the area (241 ha)
    • Fragmentation of the governance process in different levels of competence – national, regional, local
    • Intrinsic complexity of the clean-up and administrative procedures
    • Progressive crisis of the industrial production in the site

  • Needs and Goals:
    • Reviewing the remediation plans in the light of the envisaged re-use of the site and of the changed regulations
    • Speeding up the procedures taking into account the new regulations and the sustainability of the interventions
    • Defining specific measures and fiscal instruments to attract new investments in the area

  • Pilot Action Activities:
    • Analysis and report on the status of the remediation plans already approved and assessmento of the main obstacle that are hindering the execution
    • Study on most valuable, sustainable and cost-effective remediation methods for pilot area
    • Census of all the economic activities, industries and enterprises based in the area
    • Study on the potential use of the pilot area for setting up new economic activities


  • Involvement of stakeholders
    meetings are organized in cooperation with Veneto Region and the Port of Venice