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Hazardous substances from cities – a bigger threat to Baltic Sea health than eutrophication?

Time: 16:30-17:30, Tuesday 8 November

Venue: Lindgrenrummet

100,000 to 2 – reducing the many hazardous substances is a silent challenge compared to two nutrients. Eutrophication is a widely known problem for the Baltic Sea, related to two substances, phosphorous and nitrogen. But on the European market there are 100,000 chemical substances, many with hazardous properties, available in consumer products. What can be done about it and what can cities do?

The Baltic Sea ecosystem is severely threatened by human activities and the consequences of our lifestyle choices. Municipalities around the basin have a vital role to play as agents of change for a cleaner, healthier Baltic Sea. Small-scale urban sources including homes, municipal institutions and small businesses may all be critical but under-appreciated and under-regulated sources of hazardous substances flowing to the Baltic Sea. Municipal leadership is a key piece of the puzzle needed to solve this problem. In this workshop, we will present success stories and discuss challenges related to awareness raising, source tracking and emission reduction from municipalities across the region.

  • Urban Boije af Gennäs, European Commission, DG Environment, Circular economy & Green growth, Unit Sustainable Chemicals
  • Lars Sonesten, Chair of the HELCOM Pressure Working Group HELCOM
  • Esa Nikunen, Director General of the Environment Centre, Helsinki City
  • Piotr Stepnowski, Vice-Rector for Research and Foreign Cooperation, University of Gdansk
  • Gunnar Söderholm, Director of Environment and Health Administration, City of Stockholm
  • Tonie Wickman, Coordinator of the EUSBSR flagship project NonHazCity
Heidrun Fammler – President of Baltic Environment Forum


Political seminar
Main organiser:
City of Stockholm and EUSBSR flagship project NonHazCity, Interreg financed

Seminar contact person:
Tonie Wickman

Seminar partner organisations:
Baltic Environment Forum

Sub-objective of the EUSBSR:
Save the Sea:
- Clear water in the sea
- Rich and healthy wildlife
- Clean and safe shipping
- Better cooperation
Connect the Region:
- Connecting people in the region
Increase Prosperity:
- Baltic Sea region as a frontrunner for deepening and fulfilling the single market
- EUSBSR contributing to the implementation of Europe 2020
- Improved global competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region
- Climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management