[ASC-media] Media Release: Banksia Award for Clean-Up Leader

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Banksia Award for Clean-Up Leader

October 9, 2013 – for immediate release

A leading Australian clean-up scientist, Professor Ravi Naidu, has won this year’s coveted Richard Pratt Banksia CEO Award.

Prof. Naidu is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) – a Centre that he initiated and which has twice won industry and Commonwealth funding. 

The Award recognises an individual executive's contribution towards the economic, social or environmental sustainability achievements of the organisation or company they work for and which also benefits the world.

Prof. Naidu is the inaugural Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation (CERAR), which he established in 2002 at the University of South Australia (UniSA). He has been eminent in the field of environmental contaminant research, toxicology, bioavailability and remediation for over 30 years. 

He has authored or co-authored over 500 technical publications (including 300 journal publications) and co-edited 10 books in the field of soil and environmental sciences. He has supervised more than 20 PhD students. Since 1994 he has collaborated with eminent clean-up scientists from USA, Europe, UK, New Zealand, India and other Asian countries.

Ravi’s research focuses on the remediation of contaminated soil, water and air, and the potential impacts of contaminants upon environmental and human health at local, national and global levels. In particular he develops innovative technologies for contaminant assessment, speciation and bioavailability in soil and groundwater, and remediation technologies and strategies to minimise further contamination of our fragile environment.

He has helped to revolutionise contamination science through a risk-based approach to managing contaminated sites. Previously the mere presence of a toxin would trigger an alert, leading to costly and often unnecessary attempts to remove or remediate it – or else the complete loss of contaminated land. By demonstrating that contaminants only pose a risk if they can be taken up by humans, animals, plants and other biota with adverse effects, Ravi has helped pioneer a more rational, effective and affordable approach to contamination science and actual clean-up, which has been adopted in Australia and worldwide. 

He is also an international leader in the shift to in situ remediation – cleaning up contamination where it lies, rather than the traditional ‘dig and dump’ approach that has led to an unsustainable growth in landfills in Australia and worldwide. Together, these approaches potentially save industry millions, if not billions, of dollars annually and make clean-up far more feasible and attractive.
He has taken Australian clean-up science to the world, forming research alliances to overcome contamination problems in countries as far afield as India, China, the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Bangladesh and South Korea.

Prof. Naidu recently launched his most visionary project yet: the Global Contamination Initiative (GCI). The GCI aims to define, quantify, set limits to, help clean up, and devise new ways to curb the growing chemical assault on human health and the biosphere. The initiative will seek not only to define the extent of the issue, but also to develop cost-effective, workable solutions that can be readily adopted by industry, governments and the community. Set to become an international alliance of leading scientific, government, industry and community organisations and individuals, the GCRI will be dedicated to making ours a cleaner, healthier and safer world.

More information:
Prof. Ravi Naidu, Managing Director, CRC CARE, +61 (0)8 8302 5041 or 0407 720 257
Adam Barclay, Communications Manager, CRC CARE, +61 (0)8 8302 3925 or +61 429 779 228 www.crccare.com

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