Driving for systemic change

It is increasingly evident that a systemic change in our societies is required to save the Baltic Sea. The same major changes would also strongly counteract the climate change. We need to rethink the food production chain and urban waste water treatment practices. All manure and other nutrient-containing side-streams should be considered valuable resources. This would minimize the nutrient leakage to Baltic Sea and other water bodies.

The nutrient leakages are not restricted to a specific geographical location, but happen in the whole food chain, at the global level. The growing need for food to feed the growing global population together with urbanization demand new sustainable solutions. Major changes can be made in the Baltic Sea area only though action at the EU level.

BSAG has worked actively for the introduction of sustainable and safe nutrient recovery and reuse in the EU. We are pleased to note that nutrient recycling as part of the circular economy are high on the political agenda both in the EU and globally.

EU Commission enhances nutrient recovery and reuse by its proposal to revise the EU Fertilisers Regulation published in March 2016. The Commission proposal for a revised fertilisers regulation should allow new, innovative fertilizer products to access EU internal market, and at the same time guarantee the highest level of protection for the environment and human health.

The issue is also gaining the required attention in Finland. This gives good hope for the fulfillment of the Commitment by the Finnish government from 2010: to make Finland a model country for nutrient recovery and reuse.

Breakthrough for nutrient cycling, an ecosystem of business clusters orchestrated by BSAG plays an important role in BSAG’s work to speed up the sustainable and safe use of fertilisers, made from recycled and recovered nutrients in the EU level.

The revision of EU fertilisers regulation and other nutrient-related EU policies is followed by BSAG’s EU coordinator Eero Jalava. 

BSAG is registered in the EU transparency register, which lists interest groups engaged in EU policy-making and policy implementation. 

Examples of BSAG’s work on EU level:

Nutrient cycling in circular economy meeting at the European Parliament

Meeting with European Commission’s Vice-President Jyrki Katainen

Study: Nutrient Cycling at the Core of Circular Economy

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