ManuREsource 2017 will focus on the transition towards a circular economy

On 27 and 28 November 2017, the third edition of the ManuREsource conference, an international conference on manure management and valorization, will take place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

This conference is organized in the framework of SYSTEMIC, a project funded by the European Union’s H2020 Research and innovation programme. The European Biogas Association is a partner of the SYSTEMIC consortium.

The central theme of ManuREsource 2017 is the transition of manure management towards a Circular Economy. Manure management is moving rapidly away from a problem-solving towards an opportunities-driven approach. The possibilities to create value from manure are plenty, and can turn a manure surplus in one region into an opportunity in another region. Manure valorisation can therefore be a frontrunner of the circular economy. The core concept of ManuREsource, i.e., exchanging experiences and knowledge between European regions on effective policy measures dealing with manure surplus and innovations in manure treatment technologies, remains the same.

On Monday 27 November, Jan Huitema, member of the European Parliament, will review policy changes necessary to set the transition in motion. Danone and Friesland Campina will analyze on Tuesday 28 November the role of agrofood concerns in the transition of manure management towards a Circular Economy.

The possibilities, opportunities and bottlenecks for the transition towards a Circular Economy will also be discussed during a panel debate with the stakeholders (DG ENVI, RISE, University of Milan, Terramass, ICL Fertilizers) and during round table discussions. These round table discussions give all participants the possibility to discuss in small groups several topics related to the central theme of the conference, such as policy measures, product markets, economic feasibility, technological constraints, public awareness and environmental impact of manure and digestate processing. The discussions will be moderated by experts in the field.

During parallel sessions, presentations will be given on the topics of the conference, i.e., fertilising with manure, digestate and derived products, product innovations and new markets for manure & digestate, process innovations in manure & digestate treatment and the environmental impact of manure/ digestate management and treatment.

Furthermore, two workshops will be organized, dealing with effectiveness of manure legislation in Flanders and The Netherlands and the added value of European projects for the industry, including a presentation by DG AGRI and several showcases. Additionally, a legal officer of DG GROW will give information on the legislative procedure for the New Fertilizer regulation.

On November 29th an exclusive facultative field trip will be organised to Terramass (Odiliapeel), producing nutrient rich fertilizer pellets from manure and to Groot Zevert Vergisting (Beltrum) producing biogas and recovering nutrients from manure.

For more information on the programme, a preliminary participants list and registration, please go the website