This course presents the key stages to options appraisal and an overview of common remediation technologies considered when developing a remediation strategy.

The output from the process is a remediation strategy that addresses all relevant pollutant linkages.

Course structure

The course consists of four modules and two assessments. The first assessment is set after module 1 and the second on completion of all the modules. Module 1 comprises a recommended reading list for self-study and modules 2, 3 and 4 are videos consisting of a presentation with narration.

Module 1 Introduction to Options Appraisal
Module 2 Overview of Remediation Technologies
Module 3 Key features in Options Appraisal
Module 4 How to conduct an Options Appraisal


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of options appraisal within the wider Environment Agency Model Procedures framework
  • Explain the three main stages in options appraisal
  • Describe the six main groups of remediation technologies and give examples of technologies in each of the groups
  • Give examples of technologies that break the pollutant linkage by treating or reducing the pollutant, breaking the pathway or protecting the receptor
  • Give five examples of types of objectives that the remediation strategy has to achieve