Sustainable remediation (SR) is a balanced decision-making process that aims to maximize the overall environmental, social and economic benefits from the activities associated with remediation of contaminated sites. The SR goal can be achieved through comprehensive consideration of various indicators related to environmental, social and economic aspects, and selecting the best practices or optimizing remedy techniques with various stakeholders.

In Japan, pioneered by a few public organizations, such as the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and the Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Geo-Environmental Protection Center (GEPC), as well as a few consulting companies, discussion and studies on SR have been recently started.

Experts from AIST and industrial sector in Japan have been involved in the ISO/TC 190 activities related to standardization of SR through committees of the Japanese Geotechnical Society and Geo-Environmental Protection Center.

To provide a platform for a deeper discussion on SR, exchanging professional knowledge, enhancing R & D, and joining international organizations, the SR Consortium has been established in Japan.

The SR consortium is now working as SuRF-JAPAN.

Mission of SuRF-JAPAN

The mission of SuRF-JAPAN includes but not limited to enhancement of collaboration between different partners, sharing professional knowledge among stakeholders, exchanging experience with international experts, and providing outreach.