This Special Session is free to attend for all attendees. Please arrive early to guarantee your seat.
Circular economy – manure valorisation organised by LTO NEDERLAND (Dutch farmers’ organisation)
Date and time: 9 May, 12:30 – 13:30
Location: Open Innovations Theatre
- Hans Huijbers, Vice Chair, LTO NEDERLAND (Dutch farmers’ organisation)
- Jan Huitema – Member of European Parliament (ALDE GROUP)
In 2015, the European Commission launched its Circular Economy Action Plan. Society needs to move from linear to circular. Farming is already a champion of circular economy models, before they were even called that. Agriculture will be an important player in the move towards zero-waste, resource-efficient, circular economies.
In this side event, Dutch farmers’ organisation LTO NEDERLAND will present the opportunities to make better use of manure and all it contains: organic matter, nutrients such as N, P and K and valuable organic compound like proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, carbon chains and other chemical properties. As an organic substance of animal origin, manure contains far more bio-vital components than fossil fuel, offering significant potential tot the chemical industry.
According to Hans Huijbers (Vice Chair of Dutch farmers’ organisation LTO NEDERLAND), we can boost agriculture’s economic performance by recycling nutrients out of manure, producing on demand manure based fertilisers, creating bio-economy value chains and also substitute synthetic nitrogen fertilisers. Since the production of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers is very energy intensive, substituting synthetic fertilisers would reduce the carbon footprint of the fertilisers industry. The recovery of nutrients from manure can have both environmental and economic advantages. The need to produce more with less becomes more and more important in order to meet demands for food and preserve our environment. This is all the more important in light of the rising awareness of the depletion of natural resources and the increasing prices for natural resources and energy.
Dutch MEP Jan Huitema supports the European Commission in its effort to revise the Fertiliser Regulation and including more fertiliser products into this new Regulation. In order to stimulate the incentive to use fertilising products from recycled and organic materials, technologically neutral rules should apply in order to provide legal clarity to producers who invest in the production of innovative fertilising products and to ensure a fair competition between the different categories of fertilising products. Manure is the most common fertiliser on farm land in the European Union, accounting for approximately half of the nutrients applied to EU farm land. With innovative techniques that recover nutrients from animal manure into highly efficient mineral concentrates (nitrogen + potassium), farmers are offered the opportunity to recycle nutrients in a more sustainable way.