Phos4You - We deliver Phosphorus "made in Europe"

To optimise (re)use of material and natural resources in NWE

Project Summary

Detailed programme for the European Nutrient Event now available, please scroll down

18th - 20th October 2017, Basel, Switzerland


Phos4You (P4Y) addresses the phosphorus (P) challenge. P is a nutrient essential for all living organisms. Though it is a finite resource on earth, P is largely wasted today. The EU acknowledged this by adding phosphate rock to its list of critical raw materials in 2014. There is a need to boost the use of secondary raw P. The project addresses rural, urban and port areas in NWE. P is needed in rural areas as fertilizer or feed additive (often produced in port areas). P is transferred within food to urban areas where 82% of NWE-citizens live in, and wasted there (via sewage and waste). P4Y specifically targets recovery from municipal WWTP. 2015 NWE imports 100% of its mineral P-need. 45% of the demand could be supplied by circular economy. The project will exploit the recovery potential of P in municipal sewage water (113,000 t/y P), estimated to cover 26% of the mineral P-demand in NWE. When the project ends, NWE taps 3,5% of this potential; 35% after 5y, 90% after 10y. To achieve this change, P4Y supports 44 enterprises by producing demonstrators in real life conditions of 6 P-recovery technologies for municipal sewage water and 5 new products from P-recycling processes for fertilizer. A EU-Standard to assess quality of new fertilizer products from municipal waste water and further outputs increasing social acceptance are developed. To roll-out its main outputs after the project, P4Y: disseminates results over EU and national platforms (ESPP, national nutrient platforms, EIP Water/Agri, TWG Strubias...); prepares an ongoing monitoring of the demonstrators/pilots; develops business plans for the uptake of P-recovery and recycling technologies; meets policy-makers at all territorial levels to develop a consistent legal framework pushing P-recycling forward; joins forces with related projects to strengthen impact; enables transfer of technologies into other sectors & to EU-28.

The European Nutrient Event welcomes you to Basel:

The European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform ESPP is happy to organize jointly with the Phos4You project, the Swiss partner School of Life Science FHNW, the German Phosphorus Platform DPP and the European Nutrient event from 18th – 20th October 2017 in Basel, Switzerland. It will be at the same time the official launch event of the Phos4You project.

The three day event will include the

  • Knowledge exchange on Phosphorus recycling legislation and implementation in Switzerland and Germany, a
  • Networking event of leading nutrient Recycling R&D projects across Europe including a fair for Phosphorus recovery technology suppliers, and a
  • Phos4You Project Meeting for project and associated partners.

Switzerland was the first country in the world to make Phosphorus recycling obligatory from Phosphorous-rich waste such as sewage sludge and animal and bone meal. Germany and Austria are also preparing appropriate legislation. Innovative new methods have made it possible to recover a large proportion of the phosphorus contained in sewage sludge and sewage sludge ash.

The European Nutrient Event will therefore deal with the topic of Phosphorus recovery and recycling. On day one, the Swiss Phosphorus Network along with stakeholders from the German-speaking countries will discuss the changes taking place in sewage sludge recycling, with particular focus on the recycling of Phosphorus. The German Phosphorus Platform DPP supports the event. They will provide an overview of developments, discoveries, challenges and new opportunities.

On day two, the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform jointly with the Phos4You Project will invite representatives from a large number of current European R&D projects to discuss common implementation issues. Phosphorus users and representatives of fertilizer industry will also have a chance to speak. Technology providers will showcase their processes in the adjacent exhibition.

You find now the detailed programme as download here:

English Version (Conference language of day 2 is English)

German Version (Conference language of day 1 is German, with English Translation)


Please register here:


We are looking forward to welcome you in Basel, Switzerland!


Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
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Name Email Country
Université de Liège Belgium
Institut national de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l´Environnement et l´Agriculture France
Cork Institute of Technology - Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre Ireland
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz Switzerland
Universiteit Gent Belgium
Glasgow Caledonian University United Kingdom
Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College, University of the Highlands and Islands United Kingdom
Veolia Environnement France
Emschergenossenschaft Germany
NV HVC Netherlands
Scottish Water Roi.Otero@SCOTTISHWATER.CO.UK United Kingdom

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