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EUROpean quality Controlled Harmonization Assuring Reproducible Monitoring and assessment of plastic pollution

Objective

Plastic pollution has become a global environmental and societal concern in recent years. Numerous protocols have been developed to monitor plastic debris, but these are rarely comparable. This has hindered gathering of knowledge regarding pollution sources, development of monitoring programmes and risk assessments and implementation of mitigation measures. To develop long-term solutions to reduce plastic pollution, it is essential to establish harmonised methodologies. EUROqCHARM will address this by critically reviewing state-of-the-art analytical methods and, taking harmonisation one step further, validating them through an interlaboratory comparison (ILC) study. This will bring together prominent laboratories in environmental plastics analysis and will produce certified reference materials to be marketed for at least three of the four target matrices (water, soil/sediment, biota, air), during and after project completion.
EUROqCHARM recognises that harmonisation for large scale monitoring requires flexibility, comparability and reliability. We will identify Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP), resulting in a catalogue of RAP procedures for nano-, micro- and macro-plastics for the four target matrices. Each RAP will be validated in terms of Technology Readiness Level to decide if further validation is needed (by ILC).
Blueprints for standards, recommendations for policy and legislation and support for the establishment of acceptable reference levels and environmental targets will be given. This will include a roadmap for harmonised data collection and management, where policy analysis and coherence will be integral parts. To maximise impact, EUROqCHARM will also establish and consolidate an operational network for plastic monitoring, stimulating Transnational Joint Actions built on existing and future European and international initiatives.
The multi-stakeholder composition of EUROqCHARM puts the group in a unique position to achieve these ambitious goals.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING
Address
Gaustadalleen 21
0349 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 332 905

Participants (14)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 119 375
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 260 910
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 135 747,50
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE MARINA GRIGORE ANTIPA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 136 375
Address
Mamaia Blvd. 300
900581 Constanta
Activity type
Research Organisations
SALT LOFOTEN AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 113 941,25
Address
Havnepromenaden 2
8301 Svolvær
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 95 932,50
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 98 205
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 134 812,50
Address
Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 92 Bus 1
9820 Merelbeke
Activity type
Research Organisations
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 98 250
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 111 156,25
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHIRON AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 144 187,50
Address
Stiklestadveien 1
7041 Trondheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 173 250
Address
Uberlandstrasse 133
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Other
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 60 375
Address
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/C
34010 Sgonico-trieste
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASSOCIATION FRANCAISE DE NORMALISATION
France
EU contribution
€ 29 577,50
Address
Avenue Francis De Pressence 11
93571 Saint Denis La Plaine
Activity type
Other