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Welcome to NICOLE

NICOLE is a European leading network on sustainable land management of industrial sites. NICOLE brings together industrial, academic, and service providers members to enable the European contaminated land sector to identify, assess and manage industrially contaminated land efficiently, cost-effectively, and within a framework of sustainability.

In order to achieve this objective, NICOLE focuses its activities in three main areas:
• Raising and stimulating dissemination and exchange of good practice of sustainable remediation through dedicated workshops and conferences.
• Facilitating applied research and knowledge transfer between members.
• Track and actively support regulatory developments on EU and member state level; and
build relationships with other national and international stakeholders.

Structure

The network began in February 1996 as a concerted action under the 4th Framework Programme of the European Community. With strong support of its members, the network quickly became self-supporting in 1999 and is fully financed by the fees of its members ever since. Since December 2010 the network is organised as an association under Dutch law.

NICOLE is run and represented by its members and companies, member groups, a Steering Group and thematic Working Groups.

Steering Group

The Steering Group provides overall co-ordination and is responsible for developing and implementing the policy and strategy of the network.

All the sub-groups are represented in the Steering Group; the chairman of the Steering Group is always a member of the Industrial Group to ensure that the network remains orientated towards industrial problem holder's needs.

NICOLE is currently chaired by Johan de Fraye (Signify). The Steering Group members include:
Chairman - Johan de Fraye
Signify
Elise Noël
Shell
Claudio Albano
Jacobs
Hans-Peter Koschitzky
VEGAS
Horst Herzog
Infraserv
Iraklis Panagiotakis
ENYDRON
Frederic Coulon
Cranfield University
Chantal Broeken
WSP The Netherlands
Thomas Hayes
INEOS
Wouter Gevaerts
Arcadis

Industry Group

NICOLE has an active Industry Group (IG), with more than 25 industrial company members, many from the (petro)-chemical sector. Other sectors represented are metals refining, construction, manufacturing, ports, project developers, utility companies, and railroads. The IG is led by its chairperson (presently Horst Herzog), assisted by the Secretariat (Lucia Buvé). The IG meetings are usually held 3 times a year, often coupled to NICOLE network meetings.

The IG's key aim is to develop and promote management of industrially contaminated land based on risk and sustainability and on a commonly accepted cost-effective approach. To achieve this, the IG uses several ways of expertise sharing to give direction to policy and technology development in Europe and the Member States. A main emphasis lies on the development of practical methods and tools.
Within the Industry Group, expertise is leveraged through information exchange, with a foundation of confidentiality. During IG meetings, one of the members delivers a company presentation, shedding light on company ambitions, current policies, and (technical) challenges. Additionally, a time slot is reserved at each meeting for members to raise and discuss issues with colleagues that are currently engaging their attention.

Service Provider Group

The Service Providers Group (SPG) comprises over 60 members engaged as consultants, contractors, and technology suppliers in contaminated land management. Collectively, all SPG members constitute a substantial 'body of knowledge', which is shared within the open atmosphere of the NICOLE network.
The SPG offers a platform for collaboration and cooperation across Europe, aiming to achieve synergy in providing cost-effective, quality-assured, and sustainable solutions.

Academic Group

The Academic Group (AG) consists of 28 members active as academic members in environmental science and technology, chemical engineering, sustainable remediation technologies, risk management and environmental regulations. 
All academic members together form a large 'body of scientific and technical knowledge', which provide new opportunities for R&D and collaborations with NICOLE members. The AG further provides opportunities for project teams to lever European investments for challenge-focused multidisciplinary members to work together or facilitating R&D and demonstration projects.
The AG meets on monthly basis and in conjunction with the NICOLE workshops. The AG is currently chaired by Prof. Frederic Coulon (Cranfield University) and co-chaired by Dr. Iraklis Panagiotakis (AECOM/Endyron) and Dr.-Ing Hans-Peter Koschitzky as Senior Chair (University of Stuttgart). The secretariat is handled by Elze-Lia Visser.

Organisation

The network began in February 1996 as a concerted action under the 4th Framework Programme of the European Community. With strong support of its members the network quickly became self-supporting in 1999 and is fully financed by the fees of its members ever since. Since December 2010 the network is organised as association under Dutch law.
NICOLE is run and represented by its members and companies, member groups, a Steering Group and thematic Working Groups.
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Nan Su
NICOLE Community Manager
Lucia Buvé
NICOLE Secretariat for IG
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Elze-Lia Visser
NICOLE Secretariat for SPG and AG
Chayenne van Dijk
NICOLE Secretariat
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