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The European Commission has added phosphate rock to the list of 20 Critical Raw Materials, for which supply security is at risk and economic importance is high. Phosphate rock is identified as non-substitutable and of high economic importance. The updated list results from analysis of 54 non-energy, non-food materials including both abiotic and biotic materials. European policies to address raw materials criticality and dependency include improving efficiency of materials use and recycling, waste policy and international cooperation to address supply security.
7th July 2014, Rennes, France: Sustainable phosphorus management in France: ESPP is organising a first meeting to establish a "sustainable phosphorus network" in France. The meeting will be followed by the workshop "Regions at work for the Bioeconomy", Rennes 7 (evening) - 9 July 2014, organised by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Brittany Region. Read more...  
The Biorefine Cluster Europe interconnects projects within the domain of nutrient and energy cycling. Biorefine Cluster contributes to sustainable resource management, from an economic and ecologic point of view. More than 100 institutes and companies from 18 member states, with a combined budget of more than 35 million euro. See SCOPE Newsletter n° 103 under "Downloads" and http://biorefine.eu/cluster/news/BiorefineClusterjoinedESPP

    The phosphorus challenge

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    Sustainable Phosphorus Visions

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    The European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform publishes in the Scope 106 Special issue "25 Visions for Sustainable Phosphorus Tomorrow".
     
    The ESPP’s call for texts received 110 contributions. The selection here is considered to best reflect the text call objective of ‘pathways to address the phosphorus challenge’. The articles present a wide range of ideas and opinions under categories ‘society‘, ‘policy‘, ‘recycling‘ and ‘agriculture‘.

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    Call for papers (20 Oct 2014) - Resources, Conservation and Recycling: Losses and Efficiencies in P Management http://t.co/dUaJbHX9Rb

    Resource Recovery Conference (wastewater, sludge), 11/9/14, Leeds, UK, updated programme http://t.co/BtDKMZtZJ9

    Business Week calls for action on phosphorus runoff for US drinking water quality http://t.co/djJMsAIDOU calls for Clean Water Act update

    25 visions for sustainable phosphorus tomorrow. SCOPE / ESPP Newsletter special issue now online http://t.co/afcLyDJq8i (Downloads)

    UK Parliament briefing on P Ressources emphasises efficient use, eutrophication, recycling http://t.co/XydcA1CF2V

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