Novafert – Novel procedures and sustainable guidelines to enhance the use of alternative fertilisers

In line with the Zero Pollution action plan, the “Farm to Fork” strategy and the new Fertilising Product Regulation, NOVAFERT will demonstrate the technical, economic, and environmental feasibility and safe use of a wide portfolio of at least 25 alternative fertilising products, containing recovered nutrients from all 6 different waste streams, with the goal of facilitating the replacement of synthetic and mineral fertilisers and reducing environmental impacts and external nutrient dependence in agriculture in representative countries from Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central Europe.

The new Fertilising Product Regulation (EU 2019/1009) is repealing the current fertiliser regulation (EC 2003/2003) on July 16th, 2022. This increase the number of CE-marked alternative fertilising products on the EU’s market, including organic, organo-mineral and mineral bio-based fertilisers by reducing dependency on imported mineral fertilisers. However, acceptance of these novel alternative fertilising products and thus increased acceptance for replacing mineral fertilisers requires knowledge sharing among farmers and citizens about their fertilizing efficiency and safety.

NOVAFERT will orientate the production and the application of alternative fertilising products according to the best environmental performances. A regional approach, covering 7 EU regions and interlinking all main recovering technologies and products, will support the development of sustainable local value chains deploying alternative fertilising products.

These strategies will be helpful to enhance the uptake of alternative fertilizing products and contribute in the long term to recommending directional guidelines for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).


What Novafert aims to:

  • Develop an easily accessible Atlas mapping and selecting of the most relevant and high impact alternative fertilizing technologies and products across Europe.
  • Develop methodological guidelines for the assessment of alternative fertilising products production, storage, distribution and application.
  • Set up 7 Regional Working Groups in the participant European regions to lead the transition towards the bioeconomy.
  • Develop a portfolio of support policies and legislative instruments suitable for local deployment in the EU regions to pave the way to the market of alternative fertilising products.
  • Showcase 7-10 lighthouse demos for exploiting alternative fertilising products through novel, circular and green business models.
  • Develop and deliver a capacity building program favoring the interaction and engagement with strategic stakeholders and cluster with other projects.


Project Coordinator

  • Ghent University, Belgium

Project Partners 

  • IPS Konzalting doo za poslovne usluge, Croatia
  • EIT FOOD CLC S, Spain
  • Fundacio Universitaria Balmes - UVIC, Spain
  • BioAzul, Spain
  • Luonnonvarakeskus (Luke), Finland
  • Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Ireland
  • Impact, Belgium
  • Instytut Gospodarki Surowcami Mineralnymi i Energia Pan (Meeri), Poland