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New project of Lodz University of Technology: Mercury-free cities

New project of Lodz University of Technology: Mercury-free cities

Lodz University of Technology is the coordinator of the international pro-environmental project “Life without mercury” or “Life without mercury”. The university has secured approximately €1.4 million for its implementation from the European LIFE Program for Climate, Infrastructure and the Environment.

“Life Mercury-Free” is a pro-environmental project coordinated by the Lodz University of Technology, for which the university has secured approximately €1.4 million from the LIFE European Program for Climate, Infrastructure and the Environment, funding only activities related to environmental protection.

Mercury is an element that has historically been widely used in the manufacture of household goods; It also has physico-chemical properties that allow it to diffuse easily when released into soil, water, etc.

The project explained that “there are still many underestimated sources of pollution related to the use of mercury-containing goods in daily life. They are mistreated by consumers due to the lack of information about it, as well as the way to dispose of it.” Coordinator A. Volodymyr Musorov from the Institute of Applied Computer Science, Lodz University of Technology.

According to the researcher, underestimating the importance of this problem can be faced with media and educational activities.

“We will build trust by creating mercury-free communities in participating cities and engaging in dialogue with many actors to find an effective solution to mercury release issues. First and foremost, we will create a mercury-free city roadmap.” -Conference + Mercury-Free City: Danger In our homes +, as well as a number of pro-social activities, such as the International City Marathon without Mercury, the Mercury Free Life Academy, summer schools for municipalities, NGOs and educational institutions ”- he added.

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The Polish partner of this project is the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, and from abroad: the Lviv Polytechnic Academy and Ivano-Frankivsk in Jan Chryzostom (Ukraine), Universidade de Evora (Portugal) and Universita Degli Studi di Camerino (Italy). The consortium also includes the Dutch technology company Virtual Angle BV – a global supplier of integrated systems in the fields of technology and communications (ICT) and the Greek organization Innovation Hive – Kypelki Kainotomias.

The consortium will build a LIFE e-HUB e-platform that connects all partners and a private education platform.

PAP – Science in Poland, Agnieszka Grzelak-Michałowska

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