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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
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    Phosphorus Summit

    SPS2014

    The 4th Sustainable Phosphorus Summit will be held in Montpellier, France on 1st to 3rd of September 2014. The Summit contributes to solving the phosphorus challenge by defining the global research priority agenda for phosphorus-related issues. Themes covered include global phosphorus cycle, sustainability and phosphorus resources. Special consideration will be given to the phosphorus efficiency in agriculture, as well as phosphorus in food and wastes.


    Online registration for the event is open at sps2014.cirad.fr. See programme here.

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