The Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) project ReNu2Farm, recently published a report entitled ‘Implementing nutrient recovery from manure/digestate’ under the project Work package 1 : Production and logistics of Recycling-derived fertilisers (RDFs) (WPT1_D2.2). Read More
The ReNu2Farm project is designed to increase the recycling rates for the plant nutrients nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in the primary food production chain in Northwest Europe (NWE). Up to now, farmers have essentially been using mineral fertilisers, for which the EU is heavily dependent on imports. Moreover, the production of mineral fertiliser requires large amounts of energy. Paradoxically, however, there are several regions with a nutrient surplus in NWE. There are also technologies for recovering those nutrients, but until now they have remained little-used by farmers.
The project strives for an exchange of nutrients between the following countries: IE-UK, DE-NL and BE-FR. In each of these areas there are regions with nutrient shortages and surpluses. Nutrient-surplus regions in NWE include the Netherlands, Flanders (Belgium), Bretagne (France) and Ireland. The regions that have great potential to replace mineral fertilisers, due to their high use thereof, are located in Northern France, Wallonia (Belgium), the East of England and Ireland.
First of all, the researchers are investigating the precise current situation on nutrients and technologies in the field of nutrient recovery in NWE. They will then deploy these technologies in practice, for both the production and upcycling of products from recycled nutrients. The largest waste streams for producing these products are sewage sludge, food wastes and manure.
The scientists are considering possible market barriers. They will then adapt the products so that they more closely match the needs of users.
On the basis of desk studies and info sessions with farmers comes an assessment of the regional demand for nutrients and performances of the products. In order to determine the potential for replacement by recycled nutrients, the researchers are collecting information on current fertiliser use and the types of agriculture and crop rotations for each region. From the perspective of the legislation it is also important to know the impacts of the products on the soil and the environment.
Where there are markets for recycled nutrients, what their pricing looks like and what the attitude of farmers and the policy is with respect to them are still open questions right now. The researchers are assessing the economic market value of the products on the basis of production costs and interest amongst the stakeholders. They are identifying legal pressure points regarding conditions and requirements on fertilisation management and transport.
The collected knowledge and techniques are being fed back to the stakeholders via articles, workshops and demonstrations. This will help overcome the knowledge gap amongst farmers. By spreading information and success stories, but also by further expanding to other sectors and regions, farmers will become better able to apply larger amounts of recycled nutrients over the long term.
The long-term goal is for farmers in the involved regions to replace 2% (-108,000 tonnes N, -8,000 tonnes P, -120,000 tonnes K) of the artificial fertiliser with recycled nutrients within five years, and 6% (-324,000 tonnes N, -24,000 tonnes P, -360,000 tonnes K) after ten years.
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In the process of reducing the use of limited natural resources, such as phosphorus of mineral origin, recycling-derived fertilisers (RDF) are an interesting alternative to artificial fertilisers. In the below video, Laurent Varvoux, co-leader of the Nitrogen and Sulphur group at COMIFER, and 3 French producers shed light on what RDF are and the opportunities they can offer in terms of fertilisation and sustainability. Read More
ReNu2Farm created an animation video to convince farmers on the use of recycling-derived fertilisers in their fertilisation strategy. The project will launch several educational tools to inform farmers on the benefits and possibilities of recycling-derived fertilisers. The aim of the animation video is to create awareness, and to show some examples of innovative technologies. Read More
During stakeholder engagement, it was found that the farming community is not familiar with the term Recycling Derived Fertilisers (RDFs). These videos were produced as an educational tool to help inform the farming community about RDF products. The videos are available in five languages (English, Dutch, Flemish, French and German). Read More
LES CULTURALES (15th, 16th & 17th June 2021) is the place to be for French and international professionals of the arable crop sector. This biennial international event will take place this year in Betheny in the Champagne area of France. 15 000 visitors from France and all over Europe are expected for this major open field event with the application of reinforced sanitary measures such as the implementation of a threshold of 5,000 people per day. Read More
ReNuMaps tool and full report now available online – insights in recycling-derived fertiliser demandPosted on
ReNu2Farm aims to increase recycling rates of the main plant nutrients, N, P and K, by focusing on the demand of farmers. A study carried out within ReNu2Farm in 2019 under the lead of researchers from NMI (NL) and CIT Cork (IRE) is now published online and in full length. The work was previously presented at several meetings and conferences (e.g. ManuResource 2019 and recently at the International Fertiliser Society Webinar) where it received great interest from stakeholders, in particular policy makers and producers of recycling-derived fertilisers. Read More
Within the ReNu2Farm project several project partners, have carried out trials to derive reliable information on agronomic value, nutriënt content and safety of recycling-derived fertilisers. Protocols taking into consideration the specific nature and properties have been developed for all trials. To facilitate future research and practical consulting of farmers on the fertilising value of these novel products, the ReNu2Farm consortium decided to publish all used protocols so that they can serve as a reference in the future. Read More
Farmers Attitudes to RDF Sources Discussed at the Civil Engineering Research in Ireland Conference (CERI2020)Posted on
The Civil Engineering Research in Ireland Conference (CERI2020) was held virtually on 27th-28th August 2020. Although originally intended to be held in CIT, due to the Coronavirus restrictions it moved entirely on-line. This national conference focused on promoting civil engineering research and practices in Ireland. The conference was available to academics, researchers and professional practitioners with over 130 papers presented in total. Read More
One of the main objectives of the Interreg NWE ReNu2Farm project is to develop a circular economy of recycling-derived fertilisers (RDFs). This should be achieved in particular by increasing the efficiency of organic fertilisation and adapting it to each economic, agronomic and pedoclimatic situation. To this end, the French partner of the project, Arvalis Institut-du-Végétal, is currently working on perfecting one of its decision support tools: Fertiliser avec des produits organiques (translation in English: “Fertilize with organic products”). Read More
The ReNu2Farm partners at the Institute of Technology Carlow in Ireland have been conducting an evaluation of viable microorganisms in RDF. Although producing RDF from such materials involves steps creating conditions under which pathogenic organisms cannot survive, the products were examined to ensure their microbiological safety. Read More
To thank Inagro's field trial owners, a barbecue and tour of the site were organized on 25/8. Our field trial fertilizer was also shown during this tour.
Take part in our field trial visit and machine demo recycling-derived fertilisers!
Six EU projects have joined forces to organise the ESNI conference (European Sustainable Nutrient Initiative) to raise awareness on the essential role of nutrient recycling in the transition towards circular economy systems. Closing nutrient cycles can help develop a more efficient and sustainable agriculture, boost research and protect the environment.