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Roadshow helps local networks to address PFAS challenges

The need to remove PFASs from soil and water is growing rapidly as the problems are recognized. But do we have enough knowledge and experience? In this project, IVL wants to initiate local networks working to reduce PFASs.

PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are thousands of different substances found in everything from firefighting foam to cosmetics. They are difficult to break down and pose a high risk of negative health and environmental impacts.

Between 2023 and 2025, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute will go on a roadshow to three or four cities, to organize workshops and network meetings on PFASs. We want to create strategies for the work against PFASs by harnessing the local engagement, creating good collaborations, and understanding the challenges faced by different actors.

We address stakeholders affected by upcoming restrictions and where there is social pressure to take action on PFAS-contaminated water and soil.

IVL has a network of experts from government agencies and water and wastewater operators with extensive knowledge of the PFAS problem. We involve them to support the work of the networks.

Roadshow 1: Autumn 2023

Our roadshow consists of face-to-face meetings where we adapt the content to local needs. We offer in-depth knowledge through seminars, workshops and visits to relevant sites. Participation is free, but places are limited.

We are now looking for locations for our first roadshow. Do you want to start work on PFASs, but are unsure how? We are looking for municipalities and regions that are interested in receiving support from the project to create network meetings.

If you want to organize a roadshow together with us, contact us on email, and we will be in touch.

Project facts

  • Reducing PFAS emissions through network building and knowledge sharing
  • Funding body: Formas
  • Budget: 1,8 MSEK
  • Period: 2022 - 2025

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