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300 companies, governments, scientists and European institutions met in Berlin 5-6th March to take forward phosphorus management: success stories, policy developments, commercial project launches, a US$ 10 million innovation prize, European Commission / P-REX / ESPP meeting on phosphorus recycling, criteria for recovered phosphate fertilisers, ‘Demitarian’ food. The conference and parallel events conclusions are published in Scope Newsletter_special_n°111 ESPC2  Conference Summary. Overview of all ESPC2 downloadables.
ESPP (European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform) has written to the EU Commissioners for Better Regulation, Growth, Environment and Agriculture underlining the economic and job potential of the circular economy for nutrients. Improving phosphorus use, reducing losses to surface waters and developing recycling can deliver: improvements in water quality, reduced EU dependency on phosphate rock imports, new jobs and economic growth in waste and water treatment, biorefineries and recycling, rural development and “greener” agriculture. The Platform proposes to include in the new European Commission Circular Economy proposals, expected in 2015: to carry through the revision of the Fertiliser Regulation, to harmonise interpretation of existing legislation, to define a coherent EU policy for phosphorus and to implement market-inciting economic tools. Read ESPP’s letter, proposals for the fertiliser directive, annex on job creation at downloads.  
Because dosing of magnesium ions is usually required as an input for phosphaterecovery by struvite production, it is important to question whether this posesissues of possible scarcity of magnesium as a raw material. WssTP and ESPPhave collated information and consulted concerned parties and conclude that themagnesium ions used for struvite production are not subject to scarcity, althoughthere may be other cost or LCA issues.It is also noted that magnesium is a necessary nutrient for plants, so thatmagnesium ions used in struvite production are not “lost” but are integrated intothe struvite fertiliser product, where they can have an agronomic value if used appropriately. Read more  

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    eMarket launched!

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    The eMarket platform enables match making between suppliers of recovered nutrients and potential end-users looking for secondary raw materials and products. The plattform is accessible through the ESPP website. The non-commercial plattform facilitates the market development for secondary nutrients. Interested companies, utilities, farmers and other nutrient suppliers or users are invited to register their offer or requirements online. Use and participation are free of charge with information/content given on voluntarily base. See how it works, and register as a user here. The eMarket has been developed within the P-REX project.

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    "Monetise organic nutrient cycles" 1 of 4 ways water can join Circular Economy. The Guardian 5/3/15 http://t.co/MAZK8LymGN

    SCOPE Newsletter #112 now out http://t.co/afcLyDJq8i under "Downloads" - P in food, standards, IWA P-recovery roadmap, China, agriculture ..

    China's phosphorus industry: rock reserves, technologies, P4, polices, markets. CCM-Phos4Ever report & forecasts http://t.co/HyYJhERiJX

    Organic waste in Circular Economy: summary ESPC2 table on nutrient recycling in composts & digestate #ECN online http://t.co/ZpIpGoZ5bO

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