Skip to main content

Land-Based Solutions for Plastics in the Sea

Objective

There are 5,250 billion plastic particles floating on the surface on the world's seas and oceans, equivalent to 268,940 metric tons of waste. These fragments move with the currents before washing up on beaches, islands, coral atolls or one of the five great ocean gyres. Because MP cannot be removed form oceans, proactive action regarding research on plastic alternatives and strategies to prevent plastic entering the environment should be taken promptly. Despite the research increasing, there is still a lack of suitable and validated analytical methods for detection and quantification of small micro- and nano plastics (SMNP) evidencing a huge obstacle for large-scale monitoring. There is also a lack of hazard and fate data which would allow their risk assessment.
LABPLAS is a 48-months project whose vision is creating capacities (sampling, analysis and quantification techniques, new materials and new models) to evaluate rapidly and precisely the interactions of plastics with the environmental compartments and natural cycles leading to the development of effective mitigation and elimination measures, as well as, making management decisions. It will assess reliable identification methods for more accurate assessment of the abundance, distribution and toxicity determination of SMNP in the environment, giving the opportunity of new developments of cutting edge technologies. It will also develop practical computational tools that up-scaled should allow European agencies to map plastic-impacted hotspots. The project will have a multi-actor approach, creating scientific knowledge with a partnership of scientists, technicians, research organizations and enterprises, working together towards the recognition at different levels (society, industry, policy) of the main issues (sources, potential biodegradability, ecotoxicology, ingestion, environmental assessment) related to the presence of plastics in ecosystems.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2020-2
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO
Address
Lg Campus Lagoas Marcosende
36310 Vigo Pontevedra
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 495 687,50

Participants (15)

UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 450 000
Address
Calle De La Maestranza 9
15001 La Coruna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Bundesanstalt fuer Gewaesserkunde
Germany
EU contribution
€ 466 516,25
Address
Am Mainzer Tor 1
56068 Koblenz
Activity type
Research Organisations
LABORATORIO IBERICO INTERNACIONAL DE NANOTECNOLOGIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 319 041,25
Address
Avenida Mestre Jose Veiga Congredados
4715 330 Braga
Activity type
Research Organisations
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 286 000
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 400 025
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHY CENTRE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 371 539,75
Address
European Way
SO14 3ZH Southampton
Activity type
Research Organisations
SORBONNE UNIVERSITE
France
EU contribution
€ 354 843,75
Address
21 Rue De L'ecole De Medecine
75006 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 473 280
Address
Valkenburgerweg 177
6419 AT Heerlen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR OSTSEEFORSCHUNG WARNEMUNDE STIFTUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 228 640
Address
Seestrasse 15
18119 Rostock
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASSOCIACAO PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO DO ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CENTRE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 247 250
Address
Parque De Ciencia E Tecnologia Da Ilha Terceira Terinov Terra Cha
9700-702 Ilha Terceira
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE SAO PAULO
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
R Sena Madureira 1500 5Th Fl
04021001 Sao Paulo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BASF SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 397 600
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GOUIN TODD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 146 750
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONTACTICA S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 274 937,50
Address
Calle Canchal 8 Local 3
28021 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING EGI
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 99 000
Address
Science Park 140
1098 XG Amsterdam
Activity type
Other