BAPR – Baltic Phytoremediation



Project description

Contamination of soil represents a growing challenge across the world. In Sweden, the government has identified 25,000 areas of contaminated soil that are listed in national and regional databases and in Poland and Lithuania areas of soil contaminated by heavy metals, fertilizers and other chemical pollutants are probably just as abundant. The most common methods for cleansing soil are the removal and depositing of top soil from contaminated areas and the cleansing of soil by chemical methods. At the same time, these crops can play an important role in local energy production as they can be used as fuel once they have served their original purpose. This is what the project Baltic Phytoremediation (BAPR) aims to do with the promising phytoremediation method.

It has been tested, but it is still in the early stages of development. It is based on the growing of plants that take up the pollutants and store it in their biomass. The plants are then harvested, and the pollutants are easily and inexpensively removed with the plants and they can, for example, be used for the production of biogas. When valuable metals are involved, those metals may even be recovered and re-used. The process can continue for several years and the area can provide biomass to be used for biogas production or incineration in combined heat and power plants. Phytoremediation also provides a visually attractive area during the remediation process.

The project will have a positive impact on cleaning soil, and will reduce and remove pollutants such as heavy metals, microplastics or industrial chemicals. It will also have an impact on tourism as the project activities will increase the attractiveness of the park to the public and promote green solutions.


Project outputs

Curious about phytoremediation – BAPR Webinar 


Study visit to Nordvästra Skånes Renhållnings AB (NSR) in cooperation with Hässleholms Miljö AB (HMAB)


Pilot Cases

Klaipeda region




Project website

Find the BAPR Project website here.

Project total eligible budget
1 357 300,00 EUR
1 091 705,00 EUR
Project start date
01 Jun 2019
Project end date
31 May 2023
Lead partner
Name: Linnaeus University
Address: Universitetsplatsen 1, Växjö, 351 95
Region/Subregion: Småland med öarna
Country: Sweden
Project partner

Name: NSR AB
Address: Hjortshögsvägen 1, 254 64 Helsingborg
Region: Sydsverige
Country: Sweden

Name: Gdansk University of Technology
Address: Narutowicza 11/12, Gdansk, 80-233
Region/Subregion: Pomorskie
Country: Poland
Name: Klaipeda University
Address: H.Manto 84, Klaipėda, 92294
Region/Subregion: Lithuania
Country: Lithuania
Name: Gdansk Municipal Waste Management
Address: Jabłoniowa 55, Gdansk, 80180
Region/Subregion: Pomorskie
Country: Poland
Name: Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry
Address: Street Instituto al. 1, Akademijos mstl., 58344 Kėdainių r. sav.
Region/Subregion: Lithuania
Country: Lithuania

Name: Water, waste management and district heating company in Hässleholm (HMAB)
Address: Vankiva 9300, Vankiva 281 95                 
Region: Sydsverige
Country: Sweden

Category of intervention
085 Protection and enhancement of biodiversity, nature protection and green infrastructure