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EMPEREST

PROGRAMME 2021-2027
priority
2 Water-smart societies
objective
2.1 Sustainable waters
Project type
Core Project
Implementation
January 2023 - December 2025
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EMPEREST

The project EMPEREST tests advanced treatment technology that helps water utilities and companies better remove organic micropollutants such as PFAS or pharmaceuticals from wastewater.
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You are invited: EMPEREST 2nd international workshop will be organised in Gdansk on 11 June 2024! (register by 17 May)

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Project summary

The EMPEREST project supports local authorities, wastewater treatment operators, and the policy-making community by strengthening the sustainable water management cycle in addressing PFAS and other micropollutants. So-called “forever chemicals”, the PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) group, and the hazardous substances in general are currently one of the most pressing environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea region as identified in the latest holistic assessment of the Baltic Sea (HOLAS 3). Local level stakeholders don’t have enough knowledge or are not yet equipped with effective yet expensive technologies, while on the regional level there is a lack of a uniform approach to PFAS monitoring.

The EMPEREST project develops a comprehensive and versatile set of tools and recommendations to ensure a holistic approach to PFAS removal. This approach incorporates regional strategies for monitoring and assessment, technological advances in wastewater treatment, risk management assessment for cities, and training materials for water experts.

On the regional level, the EMPEREST partner HELCOM prepares methodological recommendations to monitor PFAS group in the aquatic environment, ensuring its relevance for the countries in BSR in a continuous science-policy dialogue. On the local level, EMPEREST equips municipalities with a framework for mapping PFAS risks in the urban environment, which will allow them to assess the potential PFAS hotspots and pollution sites and propose relevant risk mitigation strategies.

EMPEREST also works with the experts at the wastewater treatment plants, supporting them in making informed decisions about cost-effective technologies for micropollutant removal to unlock future large-scale investments. The project tests advanced treatment technologies with mobile pilot containers to collect a comprehensive picture from the region and demonstrate the efficient technologies to other water utilities in the region to scale up their application.

In support to these activities, EMPEREST builds the capacities of both local authorities and public service providers with an interactive training package to inform them about the recent developments in the field and train them with tailored materials and tools.

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Budgets

EMPEREST
in numbers.
  • 5.43
    Million
    Total
  • 4.35
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Highlights from the project

News

UBC TALKS webinar with solutions for PFAS in cities
The UBC TALKS webinar on 26 March 2024, organised by the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission, tackled ...

News

EMPEREST in Brussels for the European Ocean Days
EMPEREST was represented widely at the largest water-oriented event in Europe this spring! The ...

News

PFAS Roadshow comes to Tartu
The EMPEREST project hosted active discussions on the measures at source and treatment steps for ...

News

Interview with MEP Nils Torvalds on updating the Wastewater Treatment Directive
With the process of updating the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive ongoing, the UBC Sustainable ...

News

Why are PFAS a concern and how are they regulated?
You might have heard the term ‘forever chemicals’ or read the abbreviation PFAS, meaning per- ...
40 Benefitting organisations 3 Solution(s) in preparation 3 Solution(s) plannedfor use / upscale 4 Pilotactivities 22 Organisationsin the project

EMPEREST
in numbers.

  • 60.450661322.276476769601523
  • 60.167245124.9597605
  • 58.3670824526.692510929166655
  • 52.51094213.3287375
  • 60.448910322.2960629
  • 54.348501118.6056615
  • 53.430181814.5509623
  • 58.33990900000000626.734395995770676
  • 59.433452524.707581335013163
  • 54.898213923.9044817
  • 60.443115622.238092410201965
  • 52.116357711.6118868
  • 54.898623623.925300841787475
  • 56.94800329999999624.105344185015785

Project partners

Lead partnerUnion of the Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission c/o City of Turku
  • Town
    Turku
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Varsinais-Suomi
Total partner budget
632,571.46
Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)
  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
Total partner budget
431,311.00
University of Tartu
  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
  • Country
    Estonia
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
Total partner budget
374,731.00
Berlin University of Technology
  • Town
    Berlin
  • Region
  • Country
    Germany
  • Region
    Berlin
Total partner budget
603,551.19
Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS)
  • Town
    Turku
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Varsinais-Suomi
Total partner budget
332,274.60
Gdańsk Water Utilities
  • Town
    Gdańsk
  • Region
  • Country
    Poland
  • Region
    Gdański
Total partner budget
644,722.30
Water and Sewage Company Ltd. of Szczecin
  • Town
    Szczecin
  • Region
  • Country
    Poland
  • Region
    Miasto Szczecin
Total partner budget
305,632.55
Tartu Waterworks Ltd
  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
  • Country
    Estonia
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
Total partner budget
646,798.00
Tallinn Water Ltd
  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
  • Country
    Estonia
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
Total partner budget
340,344.80
"Kaunas water" Ltd.
  • Town
    Kaunas
  • Region
  • Country
    Lithuania
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
Total partner budget
201,576.00
Turku Region Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Town
    Turku
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Varsinais-Suomi
Total partner budget
354,785.60
DWA German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste DWA Regional group North-East
  • Town
    Magdeburg
  • Region
  • Country
    Germany
  • Region
    Magdeburg, Kreisfreie Stadt
Total partner budget
164,543.60
Environmental Center for Administration and Technology
  • Town
    Kaunas
  • Region
  • Country
    Lithuania
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
Total partner budget
149,318.40
City of Riga
  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
249,883.20

Associated organisations

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News

Events

10-12
June
EMPEREST project 2nd workshop in Gdańsk
Project: EMPEREST
Physical Meeting
10. - 12. June 2024
29-31
October
EMPEREST at the 15th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
Project: EMPEREST
Physical Meeting
29. - 31. October 2024
    26
    March
    UBC TALKS about mapping and monitoring PFAS in cities
    Project: EMPEREST
    Virtual Meeting
    26. March 2024
    09:30 - 11:00 (CET)
    04-08
    March
    European Ocean Days
    Project: EMPEREST
    Virtual Meeting & Physical Meeting
    04. - 08. March 2024
    12-14
    February
    EMPEREST project 1st workshop in Tartu
    Project: EMPEREST
    Physical Meeting
    12. - 14. February 2024
    30
    November
    EMPEREST Expert meeting on monitoring
    Project: EMPEREST
    Virtual Meeting & Physical Meeting
    30. November 2023
    (EET)
    05
    October
    EMPEREST at the 14th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
    Project: EMPEREST
    Physical Meeting
    05. October 2023
    25-26
    May
    EMPEREST workshop on PFAS risk assessment
    Project: EMPEREST
    Physical Meeting
    25. - 26. May 2023
    06-08
    February
    EMPEREST project Kick-off
    Project: EMPEREST
    Physical Meeting
    06. - 08. February 2023
    - (EET)

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      Videos

      Advanced treatment technologies - short story from EMPEREST
      Video 1 of 3
      Monitoring PFAS in marine environment - short story from EMPEREST
      Video 2 of 3
      UBC TALKS webinar about mapping and monitoring PFAS in cities
      Video 3 of 3

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