About Us

Healthy and clean seas provide numerous ecosystem services which are critical for our survival and wellbeing. Marine pollution is a global environmental and socio-economic challenge that requires urgent attention.

The integration of sustainability-focused agendas and circular economy principles and practices is essential to eliminate emissions and impacts from marine pollution. This will have both positive and negative consequences for numerous economic sectors at multiple scales. Ending marine pollution therefore requires the active collaboration across stakeholder groups and regions.

The overall aim of SOS-ZEROPOL2030 is to develop a holistic zero pollution framework that will guide the EU towards achieving zero pollution in European seas by 2030. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme under grant agreement No. 101060213.



Kathrin Kopke

Project Coordinator

MaREI, University College Cork


Steering Committee

Kathrin Kopke
Project Coordinator, MaREI, University College Cork, k.kopke(at)ucc.ie
Lisa Devriese
WP2 Lead, Flanders Marine Institute
Judith van Leeuwen
WP3 Lead, Wageningen University
Astrid Hendriksen
WP3 Lead, Wageningen University
Andy Booth
WP4 Lead, SINTEF Ocean
Thomais VIachogianni
WP5 Lead, Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development
Elisabeth Berglihn
WP6 Lead, GRID-Arendal

Work Packages

WP4: Integrated Case Study Pollutant Assessments
The overarching aim of Work Package 4 is to develop scientifically robust and transparent assessment methodologies for 2 case study pollutants (PFAS and TWP) and apply them, in close collaboration with the Living Labs process (WP3), to create a series of scenarios that will feed into the development of WP5 Framework, Roadmap and a set […]
WP5: Zero Pollution Accelerator
Lead institution: Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development Objectives: To pave the way for multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral and multi-level actions that can deliver a successful blue green transition towards clean European Seas by 2030, through a truly ambitious, transformational and pragmatic framework and roadmap; To foster an effective, swift and wide uptake and […]
WP6: Communication and Dissemination
Lead institution: GRID-Arendal Objectives: To communicate project findings, to disseminate project results, to increase appreciation of our marine environment and to raise awareness of the concerns associated with marine pollution and what can be done to address these; and to share such information with project audiences and stakeholders using a variety of tools and strategies. […]