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Research Institute of Environmental Protection
Directions of activities:
  • Environmental investigations and evaluation
  • Environmental education and training
  • Development of new technologies
  • Organising scientific meetings, seminars, workshops.
1 raw: dr. Tomas Januševičius, prof. dr. Saulius Vasarevičius, prof. habil. dr. Pranas Baltrėnas,
doc. dr. Egidijus Petraitis, dr. Alvydas Zagorskis
2 raw: Raimondas Buckus, Aleksandras Chlebnikovas, dr. Jolita Bradulienė, Antonas Misevičius, dr. Mantas Pranskevičius, doc. dr. Dainius Paliulis
3 raw: Albertas Venslovas, Žilvinas Venckus, Kęstutis Mačaitis, Stanislovas Blėdis
You can find us:
Saulėtekio ave. 11, Vilnius
Faculty of Environmental Engineering
SRK-II, 211
phone: +37052744726
fax: +37052744726
Researchers of the Institute of Environmental Protection...
  • tests and control of air, water and soil pollution sources
  • research of workplace conditions (noise, vibration, microclimate, ect.)
  • environmental research
  • development and improvement of environmental technologies
  • proposals for IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control)
  • reports of environmental impact assessment
  • environmental monitoring programs
  • bills of environmental legislations
  • refresher courses for environmentalists
  • training courses on environmental protection
  • scientific seminars and conferences.

Student from the University of Helsinki (Finland)

Emmi Vӓhӓ from the University of Helsinki (Finland) is hosted by the Institute of Environmental Protection and the Department of Environmental Protection for her Erasmus training period from 12 January to 20 March.
She is working on characterization of biochar produced from waste.

COST action TD1107

COST action TD1107
The aim of COST action Biochar as option for sustainable resource management is to connect scattered biochar research in Europe, in order to expand and interconnect knowledge in biochar systems; to assess environmental impact of biochar use and thus sharpen a promising global change mitigation tool up to the stage where economically feasible application will begin.
The activities within this COST Action are subdivided into four Working Groups. Main tasks for each group are:
  1. Biochar production and characteristics.
  2. Land use management.
  3. Economic analysis including life cycle assessment.
  4. Environmental impact assessment.
There are a few perspectives of biochar research in Lithuania. First, Lithuania is rich in biomass resources for biochar production. The total forest land area is covering 33.3 % of the country’s territory. When forest trees are harvested, there is considerable amount of waste generated (off-cuts or woody biomass), also a number of biomass waste are formed during biomass fuel preparation. Second, using activated biochar as a sorbent is becoming an alternative in replacing industrial sorbents (e.g. replacing activated carbon produced from coal–based carbon, silica gel). Third, not only plant biomass, but also waste e.g. sewage sludge could be used as a raw material for biochar production. In 2011 over 50 000 tons DW of sewage sludge was generated in Lithuania and its amount is increasing every year. Biochar production may become a method for sewage sludge treatment (e.g., by replacing or accelerating composting), fertilizing the soil for improving its structure, stability. Biochar sequestration in soils reduces greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere.
Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) (a ir b) and Silver birch (Betula pendula) (c ir d) Biochar photos using SEM
Department of Environmental Protection in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University has joined the COST action in 3 April 2010. Main biochar research activities in the University are the following:
  • Prof Dr Habil Pranas Baltrėnas – research of using biochar for gas purification with integrated biological and sorption processes in project “Applied research and technological development of plate type air treatment biofilter with a capillary humidication system for packing material” project (BIOFILTER) (No. VP1-3.1-ŠMM-10-V-02-015). The project is supported and co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Lithuania.
  • Dr Edita Baltrėnaitė – influence of biogeochemical plant biomass characteristics on physic-chemical properties of biochar and its application in environmental technologies (e.g. biofiltration).  
  • Dr Mantas Pranskevičius – biochar sequestration feasibility study. Testing and analysis of biochar as soil amendment and its influence on soil properties.
  • Dr Eglė Marčiulaitienė – researching of biochar made from sewage sludge (municipal, industrial and fermented) properties.
  • MSc student Julita Šilinskaitė – evaluation of biochar use for metal removal from surface runoff.
  • MSc student Julija Pečkytė – research and evaluation of potential pollution by heavy metals via soil fertilization with biochar.
  • BSc student Modestas Jurelė –  assesment of integrated way of surface water treatment using biochar.
Application of biochar in biofiltration studies at the Department of Environmental Protection
(Researches: first from the right Prof Dr Habil Pranas Baltrėnas, first from the left Assoc Prof Dr Edita Baltrėnaitė and BSc student Modestas Jurelė)
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