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  • EU Integrated Nutrient Management Action Plan (INMAP)
    The European Commission has announced that it will prepare an Integrated Nutrient Management Action Plan (INMAP). ESPP is working on concerted proposals for the objectives, content and mechanisms of such an Action Plan. A first draft, developed with Water Europe is online here, and your input and comments are invited. Please send us your ideas and comments to enrich a structured and concerted submission to the European Commission.
    Document HERE
    EU Farm-to-Fork Strategy, COM(2020)381, 20th May 2020
    EU new Circular Economy Action Plan, COM(2020)98, 11th March 2020
    Input on INMAP (from seven Masters students), I. Stammes, T. Maassen, F. Miller Kerins, G. Votano, D. Palma Munguia, Z. Yuan, M. Gereadts, Amsterdam University, June 2020

  • Phosphorus recycling legislation at national level in Europe:
    • Switzerland: obligation to recover phosphorus from all sewage sludge and slaughterhouse waste (adopted), see SCOPE Newsletter n° 118 (page 13)
    • Germany: obligation to recover phosphorus from larger wastewater treatment plants (in adoption process), see eNews no. 7 and no. 6 and SCOPE Newsletter n° 122
    • Austria: proposed mandatory phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge (2016, in adoption process), see ESPP news item
    • Sweden: proposed national ordinance on sustainable phosphorus recycling by EPA (2013, no follow up yet), see SCOPE Newsletter n° 123 (page 11) and n° 97 (page 2)
  • REACH (EU chemicals regulation):
  •  Composts and digestates: REACH and proposed "restrictions"
    • ESPP comments on the AMEC study on composts and digestates (11/2/2020)
    • European Commission (DG ENVI) study on possible "restrictions" on composts and digestates (AMEC 8/2/2019) 
    • Exemption of digestate from REACH regulation: published 10/10/2019
  • Best available techniques (BAT) BREFs (Industrial Emissions Directive):
    • BAT for waste incineration – objective: take into account the recovery of phosphorus from ashes, including inciting separative incineration of high-P streams to generate ash with P-recovery potential (mono-incineration of sewage sludge, not mixing with industrial sludge or municipal solid wastes)
    • BAT for intensive pig & poultry production – see SCOPE Newsletter n° 116, see also ESPP letter to EID Forum 30/9/2015
    • The finalised BAT BREF for the “Food, Drink and Milk” industries (FDM) published 12/2019 specifies that “Phosphorus recovery as struvite” is BAT for “waste water streams with … high total phosphorus content ..." and also specifies anaerobic digestion, appropriate use of residues in animal feed, appropriate use of wastewater in agriculture to valorise nutrients and/or water.
  • Best management practices (BEMPs): EMAS (EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme Regulation) “agriculture” – see SCOPE Newsletter n° 116

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