Summary on the sustainable use of phosphorus published
The European Commission’s phosphorus consultation that closed at the end of 2013 received 125 responses. The Commission has now summarised the responses under a staff working document published on 1 August.
Overall, around two thirds of the respondents expressed concern about the security of supply of phosphorus. Along with reduced and targeted use of phosphate, a circular economy for phosphorus was proposed, for instance through more efficient recycling from waste water/sewage sludge, bio-waste, meat and bone meal and other organic resources. Anaerobic digestion was rightfully mentioned by several respondents as the technology with most potential to recover phosphorus.