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  • EU Integrated Nutrient Management Action Plan (INMAP)
    The European Commission has announced that it will prepare in 2021 an Integrated Nutrient Management Action Plan (INMAP). After wide consultation of our members and network of stakeholders, ESPP has prepared and submitted to the European Commission proposals for the objectives, content and implementation tools of such an Action Plan. 
    • ESPP input to INMAP 27/3/2021 here
    • EU Farm-to-Fork Strategy, COM(2020)381, 20th May 2020
    • EU new Circular Economy Action Plan, COM(2020)98, 11th March 2020
      For information: input (from seven Masters students), I. Stammes, T. Maassen, F. Miller Kerins, G. Votano, D. Palma Munguia, Z. Yuan, M. Gereadts, Amsterdam University, June 2020
  • New EU Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR)
  • STRUBIAS - EU Fertilising Products Regulation criteria for phosphate salts and struvite, biochars and pyrolysis materials, and ashes
    • ESPP input to the public consultation on STRUBIAS criteria, 11/11/2021
    • Proposed STRUBIAS annexes to the EU Fertilising Products Regulation, v. 7/11/2019: here
    • Final published JRC STRUBIAS report:, September 2019 
    • Report of final STRUBIAS Expert Group meeting, JRC Seville, 25-27 September 2018
    • Outcomes ESPP stakeholder meeting on STRUBIAS and EU Fertilisers Regulation (05-09-2018)
    • STRUBIAS full “Pre-Final Report and Appendix & Annexes”, circulated 13/8/18. NOTE: replaced by final report of September 2019 (above)
    • Draft STRUBIAS market study (20-12-2017) - NOTE: replaced by final report of September 2019 (above)
    • STRUBIAS Interim report & annexes and “nutrient recovery rules” (24-05-2017) - NOTE: replaced by final report of September 2019 (above)
    • ESPP comments on the STRUBIAS draft report and proposed “nutrient recovery rules”

  • EU End-of-Waste status for materials recovered from waste waters
    • Joint letter requesting inclusion of waste water in the priority streams for End-of-Waste status under the Circular Economy Action Plan, 3rd April 2021 – further signatories welcome (contact )

  • DG ENVI studies on contaminants in composts, digestates, fertilisers
    • AMEC study carried out in 2019 for DG ENVI on possible bans or REACH “Restrictions” on composts and digestates  (Ramboll – Peter Fisk – WOOD ref. 40039CL00313, 8th February 2019)  
    • Joint letter criticising the study and requesting its withdrawal
    • Currently ongoing study into risks of contaminants in fertilisers
  • 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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