Waste and emissions can contaminate soil and water resources. We have thus gathered the most polluting operations in special areas where we can minimise the risk of contamination of the underlying ground. The preventive measures are based on clear procedures and modern technical aids, and furthermore are linked to inspections of the soil in connection with construction work.
Contamination is surveyed
CMP and a number of oil companies are conducting a joint land project in the Oil Port in Malmö. As a first stage, soil contamination is investigated in the area where oil and chemicals have been handled over a considerable period of time. The survey will provide answers to not only which soil samples have been taken and which analysis results have been obtained but also which decontamination measures have already been carried out,.The aim is to obtain a comprehensive picture of the entire area. Together with the Environmental Administration, guidelines will subsequently be drawn up for how contaminated soil should be managed. At the same time, a database has been created and new information will continuously be added to ensure that the survey is kept up to date.
Trees protect the environment
At CMP’s facilities in both Copenhagen and Malmö, trees have been planted to decontaminate pollutants in the ground. These poplar and willow trees are an element in a plan to improve the environment. If pollutants were to leak out, the trees help to decontaminate the groundwater by absorbing oil. A number of the companies with which CMP collaborate, help finance the environmental initiative, which also provides vegetation in an otherwise rather barren environment.
Green roofs bind pollutants
The three terminal buildings at Ocean Quay in Copenhagen are all furnished with so-called green roofs. This roof covering consists of live vegetation. The covering absorbs and binds air pollutants which would otherwise end up in the soil via rainwater – this is in an area where we also have to have hard surfaces to protect the underlying soil and groundwater from pollution.
Contingency measures for emergencies
At the container terminal there is an “emergency site” for dealing with leaking containers. Placing the container in the designated area prevents the leak from contaminating soil or water. Leaking liquids are collected on site and dealt with in a closed system.