Remediation and rehabilitation – Local “rust belts” and brownfield investments

Date: 29-30 November 2022 (Tuesday-Wednesday) 
Event venue: H-1083 Budapest, Ludovika tér 2., National University of Public Service

Patron of the conference: Deputy State Secretary for the Environment at the Ministry of Technology and Industry.

Every two years, The Hungarian Association of Environmental Enterprises organizes a professional conference to present the results and challenges of field remediation, to share the latest research and development results, professional experience and to explore funding sources available in the next period. 
This international conference will take place in this year on 29-30 November, in Budapest. 

The participants of this two-day conference can learn about the global trends of remediation and the frameworks and developments of different national programmes. 

We will present a guide on how to deal with environmental problems in the winding-up of failing businesses, commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, earlier this year.

We will present also the most up-to-date technological solutions on the field of pollutant measuring and sampling, remediation techniques and provide an opportunity to introduce the results of surveying the environmental and health-related risks of the abandoned, polluted industrial areas and the results of sustainable rehabilitation:

Beside the eminent representatives of science, professional organizations, experts and enterprises engaged in the exploration and construction works on contaminated sites, the companies, state actors, official and legislative specialists dealing with such sites will present modern methods of decontamination and subsequent rehabilitation of damaged, contaminated sites.

In addition to presenting international and national R&D results and good examples, we will also visit a current brownfield action area to see what needs to be done for its rehabilitation.

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We would be pleased if you could attend the event.

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Gold sponsor

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Silver sponsor

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Professional supporters: National University of Public Service

Programme of the conference:

29 November 2022, Tuesday

9.30 Registration 

Chairman: Mr. Dr. Csaba Ágoston president, Hungarian Association of Environmental Enterprises (HAEE)  agostoncsaba

10.30 – 10.40

Welcome speech
Mr. Dr. Tibor Bíró, Dean of National University of Public Service Faculty of Water Sciences

Biro Tibor

10.40 – 11.00

Remediation facing new challenges – coherence with strategies, alignment with EU priority topics, financing options
Mrs. Zsuzsanna Dócsné Balogh, Managing Director, Trenecon Ltd.

7 BaloghZs

11.00 – 11.20

Upcoming EU regulation, the Soil Strategy for 2030 and revitalising contaminated land
Mr. Dietmar Müller-Grabherr General Secretary, Common Forum

3 Dietmar Muller Grabherr

11.20 – 11.40

Tasks in urban planning, connections
Mr. Márk Gombos, Head of department, Ministry of Construction and Investment


11.40 – 11.50

Questions and answers


11.50 – 12.05

Coffee break


12.05 – 12.25

Remediation activities under the liability of the State
Mr. Csaba Tóth, Managing director, Nitrokémia Plc.


12.25 – 12.45

Brownfield Dialogue – the new Austrian initiative to enhance revitalization
Ms. Sabine Rabl-Berger, environmental expert, Environment Agency Austria

6 Sabine Marie Rabl Berger

12.45 – 13.05

Environmental Burdens of Remediation – Remediation Guide
Mr. Csaba Markó, technical director, HAEE
Ms. dr. Beáta Kispál, expert, Hungarian Association of Insolvency Practitioners and Asset Controllers


9 Kispal Beata

13.05 – 13.15

Questions and answers


13.15 – 14.00

Lunch break


14.00 – 14.20

Experience of public authorities
Mr. Dr. Szabolcs Cserkúti, Head of Division, Government Office of Pest County


10 Cserkuti konfer2

14.20 – 14.40

Foreign remediation examples
Mr. Gábor Raska, MRICS, Head of Business Unit, Property & Transactions, denkstatt

11 RaskaG

14.40 – 15.00


Opening speech – Remediation strategy and regulation, trends and plans
Ms. Nikoletta Keszthelyi, Deputy State Secretary for the Environment at the Ministry of Technology and Industry


15.00 – 15.10

Questions and answers


15.10 – 15.25

Coffee break




Section A: Remediation case studies
Bilingual interpretation


Section B: Remediation technologies
in Hungarian

  Chairman: Gergely Hankó, managing director, HAEE geriP 0076 1 Chairman: Csaba Markó, ASZEK director, HAEE csaba1

15.25 – 15.45

Development of a brownfield into a Bosch Campus in Budapest
Mr. Hartwig Bayersdorf contaminated site manager, Bosch Group

12 Hartwig Bayersdorf BOSCH

Development of in situ bioremediation technology for sites with short-chain chlorinated hydrocarbons contamination
Mr. Gergely Krett, Microbiologist, ELTE Department of Microbiology

18 KrettG

15.45 – 16.05

Case studies based on experience of rail site remediation
Mr. Zoltán Lénárt, Environmental Expert, Hungarian State Railways


Support of soil and groundwater remediation with geophysical methods
Mr. János Stickel, Professional Director, Elgoscar Plc.


19 Stickel Janos foto2

16.05 – 16.25

State of the art High Resolution Site Characterisation and the 3D conceptual site model
Mr. Pieter Buffel, Teamleader HRSC Services, EnISSA

14 PBuffel

Vertical water quality distributions in thick, uniform water taxes and their detection by sampling
Ms. Ágnes Réka Máthé, remediation expert assistant, Adept Enviro Ltd.

20 Mathe Agnes Reka

16.25 – 16.40

Coffee break

16.40 – 17.00

Sodium Persulfate with Integrated Activator Destroys >99% of Trichlorethylene in 5 Weeks at a Manufacturing Facility in Holland
Mr. Michael Mueller, Business Development Manager, Soil & Groundwater Remediation, EMEA, Evonik Operations GmbH

15 Michael Mueller Evonic

Development of bioaugmentation injection materials for the remediation of contamination by aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and their chlorinated derivatives and their potential for field application
Ms. Dr. Zsuzsanna Nagymáté, Microbiologist, scientific advisor, Fermentia Microbiology Ltd.

21 NagymateZs

17.00 – 17.20

The innovative spin injection technology pushes boundaries of in situ soil remediation (case studies)
Mr. Jeroen Vandenbruwane, Director, Injectis Co.

16 JVandenbruwane Injectis

Biological treatment options for metal-containing wastes (mine waste, red sludge)
Ms. Margit Balázs, Bay Zoltán Non-profit Ltd., Biotechnological Institute

22 BAY BIO Dr Balazs

17.20 – 17.40

The New Museum of Transport at the plot of the former Northern Maintenance Depot
Mr. Gábor Raska, MRICS, Head of Business Unit, Property & Transactions, denkstatt

17 Horvath Csaba Kozl Muzeum

Determination of (D) remediation target values on ecotoxicological basis for hydrocarbon contaminated sediments
Mr. Béla Finta project manager, BGT Hungaria


23 BGT FintaBela

17.40 – 19.00


 30 November 2022, Wednesday

Chairman: Dr. Csaba Ágoston president, HAEE

10.15 – 10.20

Welcome speech
Mr. Dr. Csaba Ágoston president, HAEE


10.20 – 10.40

Data and definitions in the Hungarian Environmental Legislation that require clarification alias Let’s arrange our ranks!
Mr. Artúr Köhler remediation specialist, Adept Enviro Ltd.

24 KohlerA Adept2

10.40 – 11.00

Oxygenates and their biodegradability – selective microbiological injection material development
Mr. Dr. Balázs Fehér, Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd., Biotechnological Institute

25 BAY BIO Dr Feher Balazs

10.00 – 11.20

Ecotoxicological methods supporting implementation of site remediations
Mr. Dr. István Szabó, Head of Department, Associate Professor, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences

26 1 Szabo Istvan MATE

11.20 – 11.40

Resilience performance assessment (RPA) for brownfields, with Hungarian examples
Ms. Iryna Parakhnenko, General Manager, Sixense Monitoring Hungarian Branch Office

11.40 – 12.00

Orczy-kert bus garage decontamination - practical experience
The remediation and rehabilitation of the Orczy Garden
Mr. Béla Farkas projektmanager, Envirotis Holding

28 FarkasEnvirotis2524

12.00 – 12.20

Questions and answers


1220 – 13.30



13.30 – 15.00

A completed rehabilitation project: Introduction of the Orczy Garden
Professional presenters: Envirotis Plc., National University of Public Service


All the presentations are available with Hungarian-English simultaneous interpretation.

In person registration is now closed, you can only register for online streaming.

Online participation fee for 1 or 2. day: 18 500 Ft + VAT/person  (45 EUR + VAT)
Online participation fee for both days: 37 000 Ft + VAT/person (90 EUR + VAT)

It is also possible to support the conference in the following categories:

"Gold sponsor" (up to 2 sponsors), over EUR 2500 (gross): free participation for 2 people, displaying the name and logo as a Gold sponsor, as well as projecting and roll-up during the duration of the event;

"Silver sponsor" between EUR 1250 and EUR 2250 (gross): appearance as a Silver sponsor on communication materials;

"Bronze sponsor" between EUR 750  – EUR 1250 (gross): appearing on communication materials as a Bronze sponsor