The third European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference was organized in Helsinki in 11th-13th of June 2018.  The conference venue was centrally located Finlandia hall, and the conference was organized by European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform, ESPP and BSAG together with the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and supported by Kemira, EasyMining and Yara. The conference addressed phosphorus sustainability, covering farming, food, industry, phosphorus resources and environmental impacts. The conference followed successful ESPC1 and ESPC2 conferences organized 2013 in Brussels and 2015 in Berlin. ESPC3 brought together 300-400 varied stakeholders concerned by phosphorus management including the fertilisers sector, waste and water management, phosphorus industry, environmental managers, the food industry, research and innovation and policy makers.

The Objectives of the conference were:

  • Update on implementation of EU Commission Consultation on Sustainable Phosphorus, 2013
  • Bring together different sectors concerned by phosphorus sustainability: agriculture and fertilisers, food industry, dietary choices and health, industrial applications, trade and resources (EU Critical Raw Materials), recycling and the Nutrient Circular Economy, environmental impacts
  • Make links with soil organic carbon sequestration, climate change
  • Showcase research and innovation and business success stories from across Europe
  • Global scientists call for phosphorus sustainability (UNEP Our Phosphorus Future project)

The programme can be found at the conference website and confirmed lead speakers included: Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment (video message), Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament, Jonathan Trent, adjunct professor University of California at Santa Cruz, Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of city of Helsinki, Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, Will Brownley, CEH Edinburgh (Our Phosphorus Future), HELCOM, International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine, International Nitrogen Initiative, Newtrient (US dairy industry), Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance (North America), Netherlands Government, Fertilizers Europe, European Commission DG Environment and Companies, R&D and projects including: SARIA, Nijhuis, WETSUS, Ostara, Italpollina, Kemira, EasyMining, Yara, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Baltic Slurry Acidification, Cooperl, Svenskt Vatten.