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The Development and Use of Sustainability Criteria in SuRF-UK’s Sustainable Remediation Framework

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R3 Environmental Technology Ltd., Reading RG6 6AT, UK
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School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, Brighton BN2 4AT, UK
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Shell Global Solutions International B.V., 2288GS Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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Shell Global Solutions (UK) Ltd., London SE1 7NA, UK
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Groundwater Protection & Restoration Group, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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CL:AIRE, London WC1B 3QJ, UK
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National Grid Property, Warwick CV34 6DA, UK
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Homes England, 2 Rivergate Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6EH, UK
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Environment Agency, Bristol BS1 5AH, UK
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WSP Remediation, London WC2A 1AF, UK
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Environmental Resources Management, Oxford OX2 0QS, UK
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Sustainability 2018, 10(6), 1781; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su10061781
Received: 30 March 2018 / Revised: 14 May 2018 / Accepted: 18 May 2018 / Published: 29 May 2018
Sustainability considerations have become widely recognised in contaminated land management and are now accepted as an important component of remediation planning and implementation around the world. The Sustainable Remediation Forum for the UK (SuRF-UK) published guidance on sustainability criteria for consideration in drawing up (or framing) assessments, organised across 15 “headline” categories, five for the environment element of sustainability, five for the social, and five for the economic. This paper describes how the SuRF-UK indicator guidance was developed, and the rationale behind its structure and approach. It describes its use in remediation option appraisal in the UK, and reviews the international papers that have applied or reviewed it. It then reviews the lessons learned from its initial use and the opinions and findings of international commentators, and concludes with recommendations on how the indicator categories might be further refined in the future. The key findings of this review are that the SuRF-UK framework and indicator guidance is well adopted into practice in the UK. It is widely recognised as the most appropriate mechanism to support sustainability-based decision making in contaminated land decision making. It has influenced the development of other national and international guidance and standards on sustainable remediation. However, there is room for some fine tuning of approach based on the lessons learned during its application. View Full-Text
Keywords: contaminated land; sustainable remediation; sustainability assessment; risk management; brownfields; indicators contaminated land; sustainable remediation; sustainability assessment; risk management; brownfields; indicators
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Bardos, R.P.; Thomas, H.F.; Smith, J.W.N.; Harries, N.D.; Evans, F.; Boyle, R.; Howard, T.; Lewis, R.; Thomas, A.O.; Haslam, A. The Development and Use of Sustainability Criteria in SuRF-UK’s Sustainable Remediation Framework. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1781. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su10061781

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Bardos RP, Thomas HF, Smith JWN, Harries ND, Evans F, Boyle R, Howard T, Lewis R, Thomas AO, Haslam A. The Development and Use of Sustainability Criteria in SuRF-UK’s Sustainable Remediation Framework. Sustainability. 2018; 10(6):1781. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su10061781

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Bardos, R. P., Hayley F. Thomas, Jonathan W.N. Smith, Nicola D. Harries, Frank Evans, Richard Boyle, Trevor Howard, Richard Lewis, Alan O. Thomas, and Angela Haslam. 2018. "The Development and Use of Sustainability Criteria in SuRF-UK’s Sustainable Remediation Framework" Sustainability 10, no. 6: 1781. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su10061781

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