media release Fighting Pollution in Venice August 16, 2006 One of the world’s most famous cities is being aided by Akzo Nobel in its fight against pollution—just one of the growing threats being faced by the historic tourist mecca. One of the world’s most famous cities is being aided by Akzo Nobel in its fight against pollution—just one of the growing threats being faced by the historic tourist mecca. Venice in Italy—built on a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea—is not only suffering from rising sea levels and ever increasing flooding, but subsidence and high levels of pollution are also causing major concerns for the authorities. To help prevent the World Heritage Site’s polluted soil from contaminating its lagoon waters, a series of new measures have been introduced, including the construction and installation of large metal walls (called sheet piles) in Porto Marghera West Industrial Canal. The company’s International Paint (IP) business was chosen as the sole supplier of protective coatings for around 32,000 square meters of these metal sheet piles, providing a five-coat anticorrosive system featuring Intergard® 405, Intershield® 300 and Interthane® 990. “This contract at Porto Marghera is very important to us because it is the first project in a series of regeneration work to be carried out in the Venice lagoon,” said Gerard Morganti, IP Protective Coatings Worldwide Project Coordinator. All the approved regeneration work, designed to safeguard the city, is being overseen by the Consorzio Venezia Nuova (consortium for a new Venice).