Environmental and economic
rehabilitation of a harbour brownfield

The brownfield concerned is the Mlaka site (INA Refinery). Several Pilot Action activities will be delivered in synergy with the City of Rijeka.

  • Characteristics of the brownfield:
    • INA Refinery is situated in the west cost of the City of Rijeka (area Mlaka), very close to the city centre
    • It is one of the main brownfields in the territorial Functional Urban Area (200.000,00 m²).
    • Some part of the area is residental but most parts are industrial
    • The largest share of the area (approx 98%) belongs to private owner
    • It represents one of the biggest pollutants in the area 

  • Main issues/problems:
    • Ecological status: chemical reactions of ozone precursors, local sources, transport, inadequate waste
      disposal, contamination of soil in dismissed industrial areas
    • ownership relations and responsibilities for its rehabilitation, future purpose

  • Goals and Needs:
    • The rehabilitation of this brownfield offers a chance to create access to the sea for the population of Rijeka, significantly improving the coastal aspect of the city

  • Pilot Action Activities:
    Pilot activities focus on the monitoring of environmental performance of the refinery as well as on the possible improvements in order to safeguard the safety of the inhabitants of the whole Functional Urban Area:
    • Local Action Group constitutive document
    • Fundamental research on the environmental status of the harbour area
    • Study regarding the future use of the harbour area
    • Proposed measures for the environmental and economic rehabilitation of the harbour area
    • Pilot Finding Report
    • National Conference to present common findings to stakeholders
    • Pilot Action Report

  • Involvement of stakeholders:
    A cooperation agreement was signed between Port of Rijeka Authority and City of Rijeka in 2017. A local action group was established with representatives of utility societies, companies who deals with prevention and sanitation of pollution, energy agencies and institutions responsible for controlling the
    health conditions in the county