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Global Brownfields: The European Scene

Survey the European brownfield landscape, and you’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore. Even a ballpark estimate of European brownfield numbers remains an elusive goal, say experts, because every country uses different terminology for its contaminated land. "We conducted some work in Europe on brownfield definitions, and found that the term has got many different interpretations" Ian Heasman, Associate Director, Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd. “We conducted some work in Europe on brownfield definitions, and found that the term has got many different interpretations,” says Ian Heasman, associate director of brownfield and sustainability for Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd., a housing and development firm based in London, England, and chair of the Brownfield Working Group for NICOLE (Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe). “In England and Wales, [brownfield] means previously developed land. In other countries in Europe, if it’s polluted, it’s brownfield. Some others think of brownfields in terms of land…Log In to Read Full Article

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