SYSTEMIC will demonstrate a variety of technologies for the recovery of mineral nutrients (N, P, K) and for the production of various (nutrient-depleted) organic soil improvers and fertilizers. The implementation of nutrient recovery technologies allows plant owners to process biowaste into user-specific products for the regional market.

Creation of a roadmap to facilitate solutions for biowaste in the EU. 

SYSTEMIC recognizes Europe’s challenge to tackle the increasing resources constraint and to facilitate the transition towards a more circular economy (COM, 2015-614). SYSTEMIC addresses these needs by identifying systemic innovation approaches to recover and recycle valuable mineral components from organic waste streams and to integrate them optimally into a local or regional circular economy. This will be done through:

  1. Effective combination of anaerobic digestion with novel nutrient recovery technologies for fertilizer production. SYSTEMIC aspires to demonstrate economically viable Circular Economy business cases for nutrient recovery and recycling from biowaste. At five Demonstration Plants, SYSTEMIC will demonstrate the effective combination of anaerobic digestion with novel nutrient recovery technologies for producing valuable fertilizers and soil amendments from EU’s most abundant biowaste streams (manure, sewage sludge and food waste).
  2. Development enhanced Circular Economy business models. Utilising existing business cases and logistic chains as a starting point, SYSTEMIC will develop enhanced Circular Economy business models and will demonstrate their commercial viability. Results will be transferred to ten Outreach Locations and used to formulate additional business opportunities for producing mineral nutrients and fertilizers for the regional market. Data on the economic performance, environmental benefits, and experiences on innovating within a Circular Economy framework will be made available via a Business Development Package to be used for further application in Europe.
  3. Creation of a roadmap to facilitate solutions for biowaste in the EU. Emerging innovation barriers will be encountered along this process and addressed in Innovation Deals and policy recommendations. Experiences on barriers and opportunities will be synthesized into a roadmap which will facilitate the systemic roll-out of Circular Economy solutions for biowaste in Europe and enhances the economic competitiveness of SMEs and industries.

The SYSTEMIC consortium includes 15 partners from 7 EU member states.

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Project coordinator 

  • Wageningen Research, Netherlands

Project partners 

  • Groot Zevert Vergisting BV, Netherlands
  • Acqua & Sole, Italy
  • Rika Biofuel Developments LTD, United Kingdom
  • GNS Gesellschaft Fur Nachhaltige Stoffnutzung MBH, Germany
  • A-Tuottajat OY, Finland 
  • ICL Fertilizers Europe CV, Belgium
  • Nijhuis Water Technology BV, Netherlands
  • Proman Management GMBH, Austria 
  • Universiteit Gent, Belgium
  • Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  • Vlaams Coördinatiecentrum Mestverwerking, Belgium
  • European Biogas Association, Belgium
  • The Rural Investment Support for Europe Foundation, Belgium


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