Flanders has created the Knowledge Center for Innovative Remediation Techniques (Kenniscentrum Innovatieve Saneringstechnieken - KIS vzw) with the goal of becoming a leader in addressing and remediating chemical pollution in soil, water, and air. This new organization operates in a novel field and is primarily tasked with developing, testing, elaborating, and scaling up innovative remediation and purification techniques within the domains of water, air, and soil. The Flemish Government approved this initiative just before the recess, and all members have now elected the governing body. This knowledge center is expected to be operational by 1 January 2024.
With its 32 years of experience in bioremediation techniques, starting with Jaco Vangronsveld, founder of CMK and pioneer in bioremediation, our institute will contribute to KIS' goal to translate scientific and technological knowledge into innovations within companies. CMK's expertise goes beyond bioremediation, other experts are working in the field of sustainable technologies, biodiversity, and life sciences.
The KIS vzw includes various government agencies, research institutions, and businesses to enable a multidisciplinary approach:
Departement Omgeving - OVAM - Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij - Hasselt University/Centre for Environmental Sciences (CMK) - University of Antwerp - VITO - Jan De Nul Group - DEME Group - INOPSYS NV - C-biotech - Ondernemersvereniging Bodemsanering (O.V.B) - Vereniging van Erkende Bodemsaneringsdeskundigen - Vereniging van Onafhankelijke Bodemkundige Advies- & Studiebureau’s (Vobas)