LINNAEUS UNIVERSITY, SWEDEN
RESEARCH RELATED TO SUSTAINABLE USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Linnaeus University named to the greatest Swedish scientist, Carl Linnaeus, pursues teaching and research in Kalmar and Växjö. Kalmar, with its close proximity to the coast and the Baltic Sea, is noted for its prominent research in the Natural Sciences. With 35,000 students and 2,000 employees, Linnaeus University is the youngest and one of the largest universities in Sweden.
The Environmental Science & Engineering Group (ESEG) is part of The School of Natural Sciences at Linnaeus University in Kalmar. ESEG at LNU has a long-standing (soon 25 years) experience of research in the area providing practical solutions in a cost effective manner by having close collaboration with the business sector in a number of different projects. Energy from waste and assessment of techniques for storage of waste for energy recovery has been one of the research subjects that resulted in a PhD thesis within the group that studied seasonal and long-term storage of baled municipal solid waste. During the last 5 years, the research carried out by the ESEG has focused on three main areas: (1) Integrated solid waste management: Environmental, energy, economic and social aspects and; (2) Stormwater and wastewater management/treatment systems with focus on local integrated approaches and; (3) Development and optimization of techniques for remediation of contaminated soils and hazardous waste with emphasis on biological processes. The ESEG has also been active in other countries outside Sweden such as Nepal, where landfill-mining studies have been carried out in the last years through financial support of Sida to the project “Establishment of Swedish Centre of Excellence” for supporting the development of a sustainable society in Nepal. Landfill mining has been studied since 1994 by members of the Group. In Brazil, the research group has been working in cooperation with the Rio de Janeiro State University in the area of phytoremediation of contaminated soils by oil and hydrocarbons. This cooperation has been an important way of exchanging knowledge between researchers and PhD students from both countries: Sweden and Brazil. Every second year the group is arranging the international conference Linnaeus Eco-tech in Kalmar and the International Youth Science Environmental Forum EcoBaltica in St. Petersburg.