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Seminar on Phosphorus shortage – March 4th

Jan 25th, 2010 |

On the fourth of March a seminar will be held in the European Parlimant on “Phosphorus Shortage”. Phosphorus shortage will be one of the most pressing problems of the coming years. Global supply is limited and demand is increasing rapidly. Furthermore, the global supply is concentrated in just a few countries. Phosphorus is used most importantly as fertilizer in agriculture.

One of the alternative sources of phosphorus is wastewater, and innovative technologies to win phosphorus from water have been developed in recent years. So far, they were not economically efficient yet. Due to rising demand, the prize of phosphorus will rise quickly however which, combined with further technological development will make these technologies economically attractive in the near future.

European legislation could be an economic driver in this new area and the development of the technologies needed to ensure we will be able to continue using phosphorus in its many uses. The seminar will focus on raising awareness of the challenge on the European political area, but is open for all stakeholders.

The Seminar is organised in the European Parliament by Bas Eickhout (MEP), Lena Ek (MEP), the Nutrient Flow Taks Group and supported by the Development Policy Review Network and the EWP. Detailed information on location, time, programme and registration will be available shortly. For more information, or to pre-register, please contact Ger Pannekoek at

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