‘Source to Seas – Zero Pollution 2030’ (SOS-ZEROPOL2030)  is developing a holistic zero pollution framework to guide the process towards achieving zero pollution in European seas by 2030.

SOS-ZEROPOL2030 will co-design, co-produce, and co-deliver a stakeholder lead European Seas zero-pollution framework that provides practical guidance from source to sea addressing shortcomings in marine pollution management and governance.

 This holistic approach is based on best practice, emphasises human behaviour, socioeconomics and governance; and is underpinned by understanding of current barriers to effective and efficient prevention, reduction, mitigation and monitoring of marine pollution in European Seas. 

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Programme: Horizon Europe 2.6 – Food, Bioeconomy Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
Type of Action: Coordination and Support Actions
Duration: 1 September 2022 – 31 August 2026
Consortium: 10 partners in 8 countries
Coordinator: MaREI, University College Cork
Total Budget: €3.0 Million



  1. To better understand the barriers that compromise successful marine pollution management and stakeholder participation
  2. To capitalise upon best practices concerning the implementation of sustainable and effective measures that address marine pollution
  3. To engage stakeholders through a joint knowledge production
  4. To provide practical guidelines
  5. To co-develop a practical roadmap that will guide the blue green transition needed
  6. To generate societal impact and raise widespread awareness of how marine pollution can be addressed

Latest News

Second General Assembly strengthens collaboration and partnership
The second general assembly for the SOS-ZEROPOL2030 project took place in October 2023. The meeting brought together the project consortium of 10 European institutions across 8 countries with expertise in fundamental and applied natural sciences, social sciences and human behaviour. The project partner Research Institute for Sustainability hosted the meeting in Potsdam, Germany.   Project […]
Blog: International Workshop on Marine Debris and Microplastic Pollution
By Andy Booth, Chief Scientist at SINTEF Ocean   From 29th – 31st May 2023, an International Workshop on Marine Debris and Microplastic Pollution took place in Thiruvananthapuram in the Indian state of Kerala. Over 50 PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and scientists from across the whole of India travelled to Thiruvananthapuram to participate in the […]
Blog: Brief from the Second Session of Negotiations (INC-2) on a Treaty to End Plastic Pollution
By: Emily Cowan, researcher at SINTEF Ocean “When we listen to nature and we act, we can make progress” – Victor Hugo Between May 29th – June 2nd, 2023 – in the heart of Paris, at the premises of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The second round of negotiations (INC-2) commenced on […]