4th European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference 2022 (registration fee)

Event date
June 20-22, 2022
Short description

The European Sustainable Phosphorus Conferences are unique events bringing together companies, stakeholders, regional and national authorities, innovation and researchers, to discuss phosphorus and nutrients sustainability actions and policies.

Because of Covid, ESPC4 was postponed from 2019 and will now take place 20-22 June 2022 in Vienna, Austria. Site visits and PERM5 are scheduled for 22 June 2022.



This fourth conference ESPC4 follows from the previous three successful ESPC conferences in 201320152018, see SCOPE Newsletters 92 and 111 and 127.

ESPC4 is jointly organised by the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) and Proman Consulting, with support of the City of Vienna (Municipal Department 48 Waste Management, Street Cleaning and Vehicle Fleet).

Phosphorus is a non-renewable resource, non-substitutable for food production, essential for agriculture and directly linked to food security, as well as being important in a range of other industrial and technical uses. The world’s mineral phosphate resources are finite, but there is debate about their extent and extractability and about their geographical concentration. However, with ongoing international pressure on raw materials and food production, the need for phosphorus stewardship will endure. At the same time, phosphorus losses pose major environmental issues. Phosphorus is the principal substance contributing to eutrophication and surface water quality failure in much of Europe, whilst Europe’s population eats around twice as much phosphorus as is required for good health.

These phosphorus sustainability issues are closely linked to other challenges, including nitrogen management, water treatment, food waste, soil erosion, contaminants and food safety. Improving the efficiency of phosphorus processing and its use in industry, agriculture, livestock production, food processing and diet, and developing strategies for reuse, recovery and recycling of phosphorus can save money, contribute to reducing nutrient pollution, and generate employment in the circular economy.

This Phosphorus Challenge was taken up by the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP), formed in March 2013 through a declaration, signed by over 150 organisations after the first European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference. ESPP ensures knowledge sharing, experience transfer and networking for opportunities in the field of phosphorus management, facilitates discussion between the market, stakeholders and regulators, addresses regulatory obstacles, contributes to policy proposals, circulates information by newsletters, website, conferences and publications, promotes Platform Members’ activities, and contributes to define a long-term vision for phosphorus sustainability in Europe.

The Members of ESPP cover a wide range of actors across the whole value chain of phosphorus stewardship: phosphorus mining and processing, water and waste treatment, food, feed and agriculture, phosphorus reuse and recycling, innovation and technology providers, knowledge institutions, NGOs and governmental organizations. See the full list of current ESPP-Members.

Geographical focus
  • Europe
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
Event type
  • Conference in EU/international

Entry created by Admin WBC-RTI.info on July 8, 2021
Modified on April 8, 2022