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NUTRIENT RECOVERY

Discover the ESPP Catalogue of Nutrient Recovery Technologies, summarising processes for recovery of phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium and/or micro-nutrients.

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THE PHOSPHORUS CHALLENGE

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

ESPP workshops on Nutrient recycling policy

13th March 2024 - Policy tools to support market pull for recycled nutrients
Identify policy tools to support market pull for recycled nutrients which could achieve consensus across industry and users.
The EU Green Deal 2019 mentions possible “legal requirements to boost the market for secondary raw materials, with mandatory recycled content” and the EU Circular Economy Action Plan 2020 refers to “stimulating the markets for recovered nutrients”. To date, there are no EU proposals.

Industry and user positions on possible market pull policy tools can differ. The aim of this meeting is to identify policies which could achieve consensus across recycled product producers (waste companies, recycling technology suppliers), industry and uses (fertilisers industries, distributers, farmers). And to discuss how to elaborate technical proposals to submit to policy makers. 13th March 2024 - Policy tools to support market pull for recycled nutrients.
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14th March 2024 - Proposing UWWT Directive targets for P and N recovery
Define proposals for possible regulatory targets for phosphorus and nitrogen reuse-recycling from sewage.
The proposed UWWTD revision draft text (art. 20) states: “The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts … setting out the minimum reuse and recycling rates for phosphorus and nitrogen …”.
This meeting aims to develop consensus proposals for such “reuse and recycling rates”, covering for example:

  • what are feasible “rates” for P and for N recovery?
  • how should these “rates” be defined? …  as % of wwtp inflow? … as % in sludge? … as % in ash? …
  • as recovery of P or N down to a certain residual level (per p.e.)? … other …?
  • should the “rates” be different for wwtps of different size? different configuration? Before or after sludge energy valorisation / combustion ?
  • definition of “reuse and recycling”? … Should this include treated sludge use in agriculture (biosolids to land). If so, under what conditions, e.g. quality / contaminants? plant nutrient availability? spreading according to crop nutrient requirements? CE or National fertiliser certification ?
  • should “reuse” and “recycling” be addressed differently depending on context: size of wastewater treatment works, regional context …
  • should quality/functional requirements be specified for recovered nutrient products?
  • other questions proposed by meeting participants.

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13th March 2024: policy tools to support market pull for recycled nutrients
14th March: proposing UWWT Directive targets for P and N recovery, ESPP policy workshop
Both: Brussels & online. Registration is open www.phosphorusplatform.eu/nutrientevents2024

NEWS

January 10, 2024
January 9, 2024
European Commission opens public consultation for evaluation of the Nitrates Directive, citing climate, food security, sustainability, nutrient recycl...
January 9, 2024
European Commission “feasibility study” considers two sewage sludge management options: 1 = ongoing land use of treated sludge with tighter monito...
January 2, 2024
Political agreement between Council and Parliament adds only aluminium to the “Strategic” materials list. Phosphorus is not added to the ‘Strate...
December 12, 2023
Recycled nutrients in Organic Farming, RAMIRAN, European Waste Water Management Conference This summarises: - ESPP – IFOAM Organics Euro...
October 27, 2023
European Parliament and Council (Member States) positions on UWWTD revision both maintain defining minimum reuse & recycling rates for phosphorus...
October 12, 2023
White Ammonia & Nitrogen Recovery Research Meeting (WARM) Summary of ESPP’s first workshop on nitrogen recovery research, 7th June 2023, coveri...

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  • NIBIO logo 2020

  • SNB LOGO

  • European Biochar Industry

  • nutrientplatfrom

  • Logo NORSØK eng

  • ostara

  • Logo prayon degr Q small

  • Lumbricus logo 2023

  • EasyMiningLogo

  • 768px KS Logo.svg

  • QUB new logo

  • NOAH logo 2023

  • Bologna Prosumer

  • MA48 logo

  • Outotec

  • TIMAC Agro international

  • ZSW logo 261x160

  • Knowledge grows for A4

  • Uni Stuttgart logo 2020

  • RE CORD 2023

  • N2 Applied short

  • ductor

  • MASE PIF

  • Holcim Logo 2021 sRGB Dark Blue

  • C Green logo

  • Proman logo 12 2017 EDITED

  • incopa logo high res

  • Lex4Bio logo 2019

  • FERTIMANURE Logo

  • Reflow Logo highres

  • Biomasa Peninsular Logo

     

  • Kemira

  • logo OCP

  • UKWIR logo with tag RGB

  • ENDEV font logo green 4

  • AWEL

  • Wetsus logo met tekst

  • Toopi

  • ITALMATCH logo 5 col 72dpi

  • Suez-Environnement-logo-2015

  • Clariant

  • VaLoo logo 6 2020

  • EKOBALANS

  • nuresys

  • TTBS

  • u logoFET 218UE 1

  • WUR logo

  • LOGO PHOSTER

  • DPP Logo RGB 300dpi

  • RecaP logo 2021

  • Phosagro logo 2019

  • icl logo 12 rgb 01

  • PYREG logo 2023

  • SEDE VEOLIA logo

THE PHOSPHORUS CHALLENGE