The first European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference, ESPC1, has been a great success due to the enormous turnout and all the energy created by speakers and participants. On this page you can find all presentations, speeches, cartoons, photos and other reports of the conference
EU commissioner Janez Potočnik hopes to release the green paper on Phosphorus later this month. This was his answer to the urgent message of the European companies and other stakeholders present at the first European Sustainabl e Phosphorus Conference, held on March 6 and 7, in Brussels.
Europe already has the knowledge and the technology to recycle phosphorus from wastewater, manure and bio waste. During ESPC1, over 300 participants from businesses, knowledge institutes, NGO's and governments from all over Europe have committed to work together to close the phosphorus value chain. They represented the agricultural, water, chemical, waste and energy sectors.
A European legal framework and the launch of a European Phosphorus Platform are crucial missing links to make Europe more innovative and less dependent on imports. This will create business opportunities, new green jobs, improve Europe's competitive position in the long run, and avoid geopolitical tensions.
Among the speakers were EU commissioner Potočnik, Prime Minister of the Government of Flanders Kris Peeters, DG Helge Wendenburg of the German Federal Ministry BMU, DG Von Meijenfeldt of the Dutch Ministry of the Environment and Mr. Mhamed Ibnabdeljalil of OCP in Morocco, a company that extracts and transforms phosphate.
European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform
At ESPC1, the European Phosphorus Platform was launched. Over 150 organizations already signed the joint declaration with the outlines of the platform, that will be directly connected to the European Innovation Partnerships on Raw Materials, Water and Sustainable Agriculture and the research and innovation agendas of Horizon 2020.
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All results of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference 2013 can be downloaded from the download page.
Conclusions ESPC1 2013
Reports Interactive Table Sessions
* Kris Peeters - Minister President of Flanders
* Janez Potocnik - European Commissioner for the Environment
* Dr. Helge Wendenburg - Director General Directorate Water management Waste management and Soil Protechtion Federal Ministry for the Environment Nature conservation and Nuclear Safety Germany
* Guus Houttuin - European Commission European External Action Service Global Issues
* Hugo von Meijenfeldt - Dutch Ministry for the Environment
Presentation opportunities for a European phosphorus future - Prof. Dr. Eric Smaling, Chair Dutch Nutrient Platform
Presentation Phosphorus use in Europe - Kimo van Dijk, Wageningen Univeristy
Presentation The Phosphorus Challenge - Arno Rosemarin PhD, Stockholm Environmental Institute and Professor Lars Stoumann Jensen, University of Copenhagen
Cartoons and Photos
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