Is there a link between soil contamination and industrial activity?

Policy Question
Indicator codes: CSI 055 , INDP 003

Key messages

  • Europe aims to have a strong, growing and low-carbon industry with closed material cycles.
  • Currently, industry remains a significant source of pollutant releases to Europe’s environment.
  • Releases of pollutants to air and water by European industry have generally decreased during the last decade.
  • Environmental regulation and improved pollutant abatement technology, among other factors, have led to decreasing pollutant releases to air and water in Europe.
  • Soil contamination in Europe is, among other things, linked to industrial activity.
  • Waste transfers from industrial facilities in the EU have remained relatively stable in the last decade.

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