PHOS4green presented at the Nutrient Platform on September 10, 2019 in Utrecht, NL
Frits Elferink, NBP Handelsbureau B.V., presented the Glatt PHOS4green technology as an innovative solution for phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge ashes and its residue-free conversion into ready-to-use, commercially available standard phosphorus fertilizers.
The Nutrient Platform is a cross-sectoral network of Dutch organizations that believe in a pragmatic approach towards nutrient scarcity. Frontrunners from the water sector, agriculture, waste sector and chemical industry have joined forces to close nutrient cycles. Together with the government, knowledge institutes and NGOs the Nutrient Platform accelerate the transition towards sustainable nutrient management by creating a market for recycled nutrients. Above all, the Nutrient Platform aims to turn the surplus of phosphorus in the Netherlands into an opportunity. This surplus, mainly the result of an intensive livestock system, causes environmental problems. By recovering phosphorus from the ‘waste’ streams and turning it into valuable new products, not only the environment is improved but also the phosphorus cycle is closed.
More than 35 Dutch businesses, knowledge institutes, governments and NGOs are member of the Nutrient Platform. Their joint ambition is to create a market for recycled nutrients in which:
- As many nutrients as possible are recovered from ‘waste’ streams (wastewater, sludge, manure, swill) and recycled into valuable new products (fertilizers, animal feed, chemicals)
- The recovered nutrients are exported to contribute to soil improvement and food security elsewhere, in case of a surplus on the Dutch market
The members of the Nutrient Platform believe in realizing the circular economy with this approach. In practice, they are achieving these goals by:
- Developing innovative cross-sectoral business cases on nutrient recycling
- Improving Dutch and European legislation that helps turning ‘waste’ into resources
- Linking a joint knowledge agenda to business demand
- Creating awareness about sustainable nutrient Management