12/04/2016

Technical conference on depollution project safety

More than 80 people attended a technical conference on depollution project safety on Monday, April 4, 2016 at la Cité des Entreprises in Lyon.

The event was organized by Axelera as part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional brownfield rehabilitation program backed by the ERDF and coordinated by four networks: Axelera, Indura, GIS Envirhonalp, and CERF Rhône-Alpes.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional government representative Anne Dubromel kicked off the day with a presentation of the region’s brownfield rehabilitation program.

Florian Philippon of the French Energy Agency (ADEME) and Hubert Leprond of the French Geological Survey Institute (BRGM) then provided an overview of the technical and regulatory framework around depollution project safety. Next, eight speakers talked about their experiences with real-world depollution projects.

The morning ended with a networking session, the perfect way for participants to break the ice before lunch.

In the afternoon, four breakout sessions were held with the goal of brainstorming on pilot projects and feasibility/treatability testing. The participants identified a number of hurdles and challenges related to these topics.

Overall, the day was packed with valuable information and new contacts between industry professionals, site operators, and prime contractors.