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Eco-innovations for the public sector

Project Gold was one of the co-organisers of an international scientific seminar entitled “Eco-innovations for the public sector”, which was held on September 11th 2023 at the ECOTECH-COMPLEX Analytical and Programme Centre for Advanced Environmentally-Friendly Technologies in Lublin, Poland.

The seminar addressed relevant issues that are part of regional, European and global policy, such as: “Green Deal”, “Zero Waste”, Sustainable Development Goals, Circular Economy and Environmental Education. The main objective of the seminar was to present innovative ecological solutions, as well as to create a platform for networking and exchange of experiences between the scientific community and the socio-economic environment, including local government units and state institutions responsible for environmental problems, as well as companies applying ecological innovations in practice.

The event was attended by people from the world of science and ecobusiness. The researchers were represented by Prof. Małgorzata Wójcik and Prof. Jaco Vangronsveld from the Department of Plant Physiology and Biophysics, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland – partner on the Gold project. Małgorzata Wójcik presented the main objectives and preliminary results of the Gold project (Alternative management of contaminated sites – benefits for the environment, agriculture and industry (GOLD project), while Jaco Vangronsveld gave a presentation entitled Bio/phytoremediation of organic pollutants – challenges and solutions. The group of invited entrepreneurs included Randy Mott, president of Phytoremedia Sp. z o.o, a company engaged in environmentally friendly remediation of contaminated land; Marcel Nowosielski, co-founder of C2C Sp z o.o., a Lublin-based manufacturer of recycled eco bags and biodegradable and compostable packagings; Tomasz Małocha, key account director at Cleanbacter Sp. z o.o., a company that produces biotechnological cleaning and disposal products with effective microorganisms; and Piotr Pietras, Managing Partner of Green Lanes Sp. z o.o., a company that creates environmentally friendly solutions based on fiber hemp.

The seminar had a hybrid character and, due to its international scope, the speakers’ speeches were simultaneously translated into English or Polish. More than 80 people attended stationary, nearly 200 people from Poland and abroad participated in the online transmission.

The webcast of the seminar is available in English: Eco-Innovations for the public sector [ENG]

The program of the seminar is available here

The summary of the event is available in Polish: UMCS.pl

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