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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Denmark 2018
“Plastic free Roskilde Fjord” is a project (2016-18), unique not only for Denmark but globally, investigating and tackling plastic pollution in a natural environment with a holistic and multidisciplinary approach. The project systematically maps and identifies plastic pollution on the coast, in water, sediment and different organisms, its effects and sources in this model environment of Roskilde fjord. Not least, solutions are found by involving the local community.
The UN states that plastic pollution is one of world’s biggest environmental threats. Plastic production worldwide has increased exponentially in the last decades. As a material, plastic solves many challenges and has increased the wealth of society. However, overconsumption and mismanagement of plastic, and the fact that 8 mio. tons of plastic every year ends up in our oceans is a challenge that needs to be solved urgently.
Roskilde Fjord is systematically investigated for plastic pollution. Macroplastic is mapped on the coast regularly - each litter item categorized linking to specific sources. Microplastic concentrations and types are mapped in the fjord ecosystem. Laboratory studies investigates the harmful effects of microplastics on organisms. A local waste water treatment plant is investigated for microplastic (waste water and sludge), and a membrane has been tested as a solution. The local community is actively involved to protect the fjord against plastic pollution.
The innovative aspect of this project is its holistic and multi/interdisciplinary approach involving diverse partners and experts - ngo’s, universities, companies, advisors, citizens and politicians. We use the recognized DPSIR (Drivers-Pressure-State-Impact-Response) model as analytical tool to map and identify sources, occurrence and effects of plastic pollution with a clear focus in engaging the local community in solutions. This project is the first of its kind doing this, and a first step to illustrate to the world that – given a holistic approach - it is possible to tackle plastic pollution locally/regionally and inspire to actions in other world regions.
Plastic Change, The Danish Ecological Council, The Danish Plastic Federation, Roskilde University, Aarhus University, EnviDan, Alfa Laval, FORS A/S (Bjergmarken), National Museum of Denmark, National Park Skjoldungernes Land, The Velux Foundations and the local community around Roskilde Fjord