Reducing emissions by turning nutrients and carbon into benefits

Coordinator: Karina Barquet (until December 2018 Marcus Carson), Stockholm Environment Institute
Total budget: EUR 3 million
Duration: 3 years, 1.5.2017-30.4.2020

Summaries of reports:

The pre-existing policy environment in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR), defined by national interests and implemented within sectoral silos, has historically constrained innovation and implementation of systemic measures to safeguard the fundamental bio-physical basis that sustains 60 million people and 10 nations forming this vibrant region; namely its waters, its land and its air. Existing measures tend to only address challenges within a single sector and/or locality, often leading the translocation of challenges elsewhere in the BSR or the emergence of new challenges in another sector. By contrast, RETURN will identify and pilot (economically and environmentally) efficient and (socially and politically) equitable technologies that contribute to win-win solutions that address multiple and interlinked challenges. Focus will be on eco-technologies that reconcile key conflicting challenges inhibiting sustainable development in urban and rural settings within the BSR whilst reducing nutrient enrichment and carbonization in water bodies. Pilots in Sweden, Finland and Poland will be set up to test the most promising eco-technologies identified by the project. Envisaged project outputs include an evidence-based review of eco-technologies; innovative models comprising both nutrient and carbon cycling; sustainability assessments of selected eco-technologies; policy recommendations for promoting the eco-technologies; and market strategies for the most promising eco-technologies.

Keywords: eco-technologies, monitoring, nutrients, win-win solutions, multi-sector approach

Partners: Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Poland

For more information visit the BONUS RETURN's website and the BONUS projects' website.