Joint position supporting that FaST tool be maintained in the CAP, February 2019
Nitrates Directive / recycled nutrient products from manure (SAFEMANURE) The EU Nitrates Directive specifies lower application limits for manure “even in a processed form” than for mineral fertilisers. Depending on application by Member States/Regions, this can discriminate against recycled nutrient products made from or partly from manure in Nitrates Vulnerable Zones. The European Commission has commissioned a study to JRC (“SAFEManure”) to assess the agronomic performance and environmental impacts of recycled nutrient products produced (partly or wholly) from manures, and input is invited to this (relevant data, publications …).
ESPP input to REACH REFIT consultation, January 2017
composts and digestates: REACH and proposed "restrictions"
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)
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