Green Remediation Pilot Project

Client: Public Works and Government Services Canada
Location: BC

Hemmera is developing the first-ever green remediation indicator framework, which will ultimately allow sustainability-based decisions to be incorporated into the methodology that guides all remediation projects across Canada.

As a pilot project, we are developing a remediation protocol for a specific contaminated site, a maintenance camp in Sikanni, BC. This protocol will refer to the details of the individual site—its geography, location, demographic, current operations, and nearby infrastructure. The protocol will define the specifications for tendering the project based on green remediation principles. While the maintenance camp’s remediation is underway, the protocol will be further developed to assist and train contractors.

In the first phase, the Hemmera team will prepare a comprehensive database of green indicators (including definitions and carefully structured boundary conditions to ensure that these indicators can be justified and quantified). The categories for the green indicators include: emissions and energy use, water resources, materials and waste, land and ecosystems impact, and social impact.

Working with the client, we will select a short-list of green indicators, and evaluate them, as potential new components for the existing options analysis matrix used in the current remedial options methodology. Then we will recommend a green remediation framework and a plan that includes monitoring, tracking, and reporting on remediation indicators.

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With a contaminated worksite as a pilot project, Hemmera is developing a standard methodology and options analysis matrix for green remediation practices. Through this process, sustainability decisions will be factored into standard practices for remediation work across Canada.