hand showing gathered plastic pollution

... was kicked off on 27th/28th of September 2022

10 European Institutions, coordinated by MaREI, the SFI Centre for Energy Climate and Marine Research at University College Cork, will develop over the next four years a holistic, stakeholder-led framework for zero pollution, ultimately reflecting the EU's very ambitious policy and regulatory framework for protecting our seas with focus on the zero environmental pollution agenda.

Marine contamination occurs as a direct result of human activities on both land and in the marine environment and requires our urgent attention as healthy and clean seas are critical for our survival and wellbeing. The implementation of processes and measures to reduce marine pollution will have consequences for numerous economic sectors at multiple scales, framing marine pollution as a considerable global socio-economic challenge that requires active collaboration from multiple stakeholders, across a range of geographic areas.

Stakeholder engagement is central to this project and the holistic research approach championed by SOS-ZEROPOL2030, emphasises

  • human behaviour,
  • socioeconomics, and
  • governance;

and is underpinned in knowledge about and understanding of

  • current barriers to effective and efficient prevention,
  • reduction,
  • mitigation, and
  • monitoring

of marine pollution in European Seas.

SOS-ZEROPOL2030 is funded by Horizon Europe under their ‘Clean Environment and Zero Pollution’ call. The project receives €2.9m in funding and will run from September 2022 – September 2026.

 Involved team members