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Workshop - Fertilising products based on animal manure under the nitrates d...

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Renewable Energy House

Rue d'Arlon 63

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The uptake of nutrient recovery from bio-waste, animal manure and sewage sludge across Europe is only viable if there is an effective market for the final products. A major barrier to the advancement of a viable market for nutrients recovered from manure are the limitations of the Nitrates Directive. Currently only 170 kg N per ha per year of nitrogen from livestock manure can be applied, including any processed manure and nutrients recovered from manure. The European Commission has recognised that the new products coming from nutrient recovery plants may have the potential to be as agronomically effective and have the same environmental performance as chemical fertilisers and therefore could, potentially, be given end of animal manure status and therefore exempted from the 170 kg N per ha per year limitation (in case of no derogation) of the Nitrates Directive.

In order to propose this update of the implementation of the Nitrates Directive, EC DG Environment have mandated EC JRC with a two year study to look into the product quality, agronomic efficiency and environmental performance of fertilising products derived from manure. This workshop aims to feed into that process by discussing the characteristics of different groups of fertiliser products from different routes of fertilising production from manure and to identify what further information is required (gaps) to feed the JRC information search and the policy decision making. Specifically it aims to involve SYSTEMIC, AGROCYCLE and other H2020 research and innovation projects in the discussion at the earliest possible stage in order to help policy makers to evaluate the consequences of certain decisions and legislation for the uptake of nutrient recovered products in the market to stimulate the implementation of the Circular Economy.

Prior to the workshop, SYSTEMIC will provide all those attending with the product information sheets on the different groups of products, based on provided information from H2020 Research and innovation projects.

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