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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 – send us your input by 30th June 2020
    EU Farm-to-Fork Strategy, COM(2020)381, 20th May 2020

    EU new Circular Economy Action Plan, COM(2020)98, 11th March 2020

  • New EU Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR)
  • STRUBIAS - EU Fertilisers Regulation criteria for phosphate salts and struvite, biochars and pyrolysis materials, and ashes
  • 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
  • Common Agricultural Policy
  • 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 …).
  • 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)
  • Organic Farming Regulation
    • Proposed validation of recycled P products (struvite, calcined phosphates) - see ESPP eNews n° 4
    • Joint letter IFOAM Eu and ESPP to the European Commission, 17th June 2020
  • 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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