The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (Niva) will lead a new EU project that will improve the methods for monitoring and assessing plastics in the environment.
Niva, together with 14 other player in the field of plastics research, has received EUR 2 million to establish better, standardized methods for monitoring and assessing macro-, micro-, and nanoplastics in the environment.
The EU project, called EUROqCHARM, will be led by Niva and has several Norwegian partners.
In a press release, Niva writes that long-term strategies are crucial in the fight against plastic pollution.
That requires a thorough understanding of the plastic pollution problem.
A push towards standardization
Today, plastics are sampled, analyzed, and reported on in various ways around the world. The methods are also still changing.
“A future standardization for monitoring and assessment of plastics will enable comparison of data, which in turn will form the basis for European and international guidelines and regulations.
“This will support decision-makers, industry, and the scientific community in their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of plastic pollution,” Niva noted.
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