Nutrient recycling

The focus of Nutrient recycling community lies on nutrient recovery from waste streams in the agro-food value chain and its use as sustainable fertilizers. Closing the loop of the nutrient cycle is part of the concept of circular economy. At the moment, nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, essential to life, are lost along the entire food chain.


The transition to a more circular economy by means of resource recovery is high on the societal agenda. Society is looking towards science to provide the necessary solutions that can ensure this transition.Therefore, the introduction of nutrient recycling can change this and boost the bio-economy efforts in the EU.

The group is beginning to take shape and we would like to share with you the next steps we are planning to take to build this community.

We aim to:

  • Stress the importance of nutrient recovery in everyday life for the community and for the creation of social wealth.
  • Create a context through which researchers can collectively profit from the opportunities created by the network. For that, dedicated news and events such as summer schools and specific sessions at international conferences are organised
  • Strengthen the relationship with industry and help to provide solutions for everyday problems
ESNI 2020 - European Sustainable Nutrient Initiative

The European Sustainable Nutrient Initiative - ESNI - will be back the next 27 October.

The first successful edition of ESNI provided a comprehensive overview on the opportunities and benefits of nutrient recycling to boost research, agriculture and sustainable development. The second edition reinforces this commitment.

Workshop on applied R&D for P recovery at the ESPC4

On the 17th June a phosphorus focus day is organised by the Biorefine Cluster Europe in partnership with RE-Source, ESPP and TU Wien. Projects and researches working on R&D related to phosphorus are invited for presentations within the following topics:

  •  Phosphorus recycling in R&D programmes and engagements
  •  P recycling –technologies and product applications
  • New approaches on P research and future perspectives (Horizon Europe)

The detailed programme with keynote speakers, and registration details will be online soon!


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