Project: Reducing Emissions by Turning Nutrients and Carbon into Benefits

Acronym RETURN (Reference Number: call2015-120)
Duration 01/05/2017 - 30/04/2020
Project Topic The pre-existing policy environment in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR), defined by national interests and implemented within sectoral silos, has historically constrained innovation and implementation of systemic measures to safeguard the fundamental bio-physical basis that sustains 60 million people and 10 nations forming this vibrant region; namely its waters, its land and its air. Existing measures tend to only address challenges within a single sector and/or locality, often leading the translocation of challenges elsewhere in the BSR or the emergence of new challenges in another sector. By contrast, RETURN will identify and pilot (economically and environmentally) efficient and (socially and politically) equitable technologies that contribute to win-win solutions that address multiple and interlinked challenges. Focus will be on eco-technologies that reconcile key conflicting challenges inhibiting sustainable development in urban and rural settings within the BSR whilst reducing nutrient enrichment and carbonization in water bodies. Pilots in Sweden, Finland and Poland will be set up to test the most promising eco-technologies identified by the project. Envisaged project outputs include an evidence-based review of eco-technologies; innovative models comprising both nutrient and carbon cycling; sustainability assessments of selected eco-technologies; policy recommendations for promoting the eco-technologies; and market strategies for the most promising eco-technologies.
Network BONUS
Call Bonus Call 2015: Blue Baltic

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Stiftelsen The Stockholm Environment Institute Coordinator Sweden
2 Uppsala University Partner Sweden
3 Warsaw University of Life Sciences Partner Poland
4 RISE Research Institutes of Sweden Partner Sweden
5 University of Copenhagen Partner Denmark
6 Finnish Environment Institute Partner Finland