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Forum for Action
Helsinki, Finland 20 April 2016

Opportunities to recycle nutrients can be found almost anywhere - from field margins to pipelines of wastewater purification plants. Innovations are being created and Finland is firmly committed to making progress as a model country in nutrient recycling.

Circular economy and nutrient recycling is one of the key projects in the Strategic Programme of the Finnish Government 2015-2018. The aim is to develop new biomass processing technologies and logistics and service models for nutrient recycling, and to enhance the production of recycled fertilisers and processing of high-value products from different types of biomass. The Government is launching a three-year experimental and piloting programme for nutrient recycling with a total funding of 12.4 million euros.

The objective of the seminar was to introduce initiatives that enhance the recycling of nutrients contained in manure and wastewater sludge. The seminar gave an overview of political and administrative measures, as well as presented success stories in nutrient recycling from various parts of Europe. It brought together businesses, research, administration and NGOs to finding new solutions to nutrient recycling.

The seminar was organised by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Rural Network Support Unit of Finland, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform.

Venue: Hotel Scandic Park, Mannerheimintie 46, Helsinki, Finland
Time: 20 April 2016

Registration to the seminar is now closed.
The seminari will be live-streamed at
All the presentations will be added to SlideShare and YouTube.
Photos (by Anna Toppari/Luke)


8.30 Registration
9.15 Opening, Tarja Halonen, Former President of Finland
9.30 Nutrient circular economy, Arnoud Passenier, President of the European Sustainable 
  Phosphorus Platform ESPP
9.50 Latest development of EU Fertilizers legislation, Eric Liégeois, Policy Officer
  EU Commission DG GROW
10.10  New policy measures for phosphorus recycling in Switzerland from an applied researcher’s 
  perspective, Anders Nättorp, Senior Researcher, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)
10.30  Video about nutrient recycling
10.55 Putting nutrient recycling into practice, Markku Järvenpää, Director, Natural Resources
  Institute Finland
11.15  Rethinking Opportunity: Winning in the Circular Economy, Bruce Oreck, Executive in 
  Residence, Aalto ​University
12.00 Discussion
12.15  Lunch
13.45   European success stories


  • Nutrient recovery from pig production in France: how to reduce emissions and add value, Sébastian Homo, Research and Development Manager, COOPERL 
  • Energy and nutrient self-sufficient food production system, Kari Koppelmäki, Project Coordinator, Palopuro Agroecological Symbiosis
  • Organic fertilizers and tailored fertilization systems, Saara Kankaanrinta, CEO,  Soilfood
  • Nitrogen recovery from digestate, producing a technical pure and high value ammoniumnitrate, Denis De Wilde, Detricon
14.45   Coffee
15.15  European success stories continue
  • Products from waste water components, Inka Orko, Business Development Manager, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
  • Voluntary nutrient trading for the Baltic Sea, Marjukka Porvari, Director, Clean Baltic Sea projects, John Nurminen Foundation
  • Phosphogreen and ClearGreen P-recovery processes, Peter Balslev, Senior Process Specialist, SUEZ Environment Denmark
  • DeBugger - Pilot Biomass CLS Dryer for combined thermal conversion and nutrient recycling from phosphate rich waste flows, Ludwig Hermann, Business Development Manager, Outotec
16.15  Conclusions
16.30   Seminar ends

Moderator: Tarja Haaranen, Project Coordinator, Natural Resources Institute Finland

More information
Tarja Haaranen, Project Coordinator, tel. +358 29 532 6428,
Noora Mantere, p. 040 737 1404,