There are 11 hazardous substances of specific concern to the Baltic Sea. These are dioxins, tin, brominated compounds, perifluoroctane sulfonate, hexabromocyclododecane, nonylphenols, octylphenols, chlorinated paraffins, endosulphane, Hg, Cd. The information available on the sources, inputs and management options does, however, not allow for development of programmes of measures addressing these substances in the whole Baltic Sea region. There is a need to jointly evaluate the major sources and to quantify the inputs of the target substances to the Baltic Sea in order to be able to develop the measures needed to reduce the levels of contaminants in the Baltic Sea to an acceptable level. There is also still a lack of knowledge especially on the Eastern side of the Baltic Sea to control hazardous substances, both within authorities and industries.

Project activities

  • Innovative approaches to chemical controls of hazardous substances;
  • Identification of sources and estimation of inputs/impacts on the Baltic Sea;
  • Cost effective management options to reduce discharges, emissions and losses of hazardous substances;
  • Capacity building and knowledge transfer. More information about previous and upcoming trainings is here.


Juste Kukucione
Environmental expert
Tel. +370 5 215 9287




Part-finaced by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument)




Finnish Environment Institute

The Copenhagen Municipality

Copenhagen Waste Water Treatment Plants

Copenhagen Energy and Technical University of Denmark

Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia

Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu

Estonian Environmental Research Institute

Tallinn University of Technology

Federal Environment Agency of Germany

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Ministry for Agriculture

Environment and Consumer Protection

Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia

Latvian Institute for Aquatic Ecology

Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania

The Environmental Protection Agency

Institute of Botany

Institute of Ecology of Industrial Areas

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Swedish Chemicals Agency

City of Stockholm

HELCOM Secretariat