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 project video

First GreenerSites transnational training on sustainable remediation

GreenerSites: Vienna as best practice for regeneration of brownfields

GreenerSites among the Interreg Central Europe projects involving the City of Bydgoszcz


Project Partners

GreenerSites partnership is made of 11 partners from 5 central Europe countries working together to bring about a shared and enhanced knowledge on integrated environmental management of brownfields

 Greenersites duration

Start Date

June 2016

End Date

May 2019

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