What are the facts about phosphorus? The presentation given by Arno Rosemarin and Lars Stoumann Jensen at the first day of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference 2013 presents some facts and figures on phosphorus.
Arno Rosemarin PhD, Stockholm Environment Institute and Professor Lars Stoumann Jensen, University of Copenhagen
This pdf contains the seven key messages that were extracted from the output that came out of the Interactive sessions on the first day.
More than twenty Dutch companies, knowledge institutes, government authorities and NGO’s signed the Dutch Phosphate Value Chain Agreement. They all share the ambition of creating a sustainable market within two years, where as many reusable phosphate streams as possible will be returned to the cycle in an environment-friendly way and where the secondary (recycled) phosphate – as long as surplus exists in the Dutch market – will be exported to the fullest extent possible. This, in order to contribute elsewhere to soil improvement and food production. This approach will give substance tot the creation of a raw materials roundabout.
This report aims to increase awareness that import reliance makes Europe vulnerable to disruptions in the supply of this important commodity. It means that European food security and the agricultural sector, for which phosphate is an essential resource, are at risk. This report formulates robust strategies for the EU to adequately deal with developments on the global phosphate rock market.