The BEST project (Better Efficiency for Sewage Treatment) focuses on improving the efficiency of wastewater treatment in the entire catchment area of the Baltic Sea. The project utilises concrete pilot investments and cooperation between industries, authorities and water utilities to improve the shared treatment of industrial and municipal wastewaters The BEST project received seed funding from the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, and is one of the Strategy’s flagship projects. The City of Helsinki Environment Centre is the Foundation’s main Finnish partner in the preparation of the project.

In 2016, the project will identify such wastewater treatment plants in the Baltic Sea region that will become the sites for pilot investments and technical surveys related to industrial wastewater treatment, and locate implementation partners for the project in the various countries involved. The project application will be completed towards the end of the year, when, together with the City of Helsinki, funding will be applied for from the second financing round of the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014–2020.