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Consultative Communication on the Sustainable Use of Phosphorus

Policy field(s)


Environment, resource efficiency

Target group(s)


All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Period of consultation


                        From 08.07.2013  to 01.12.2013

Objective of the consultation



The Commission is launching a consultation on how to use phosphorus in a more sustainable way. Phosphorus is widely used in agriculture and is an essential component in fertiliser and feed, but it is a non-renewable resource. Supplies are limited and much phosphorus is currently wasted, creating concerns about future supplies in the EU and worldwide. 
The consultation asks how to ensure that reserves are available for future generations, and about ways to minimise the undesirable side effects phosphorus use can have on the environment.
The consultation aims to launch a debate on phosphorus use and ways to make it more resource-efficient. The Communication invites the European Institutions and all interested stakeholders to comment on the issue.

How to submit your contribution


We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

In the interests of transparency, organisations (including, for example, NGOs, trade associations and commercial enterprises) are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.

If you are a Registered organisation, please indicate the name and address of your organisation and your Register ID number on the first page of your contribution. Your contribution will then be considered as representing the views of your organisation. If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to Register now.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with. Responses from organisations not registered will be published separately.

We invite you all to send your contributions, comments, etc. to the following mailbox:

View the consultation document


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Contact details


responsible service

European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment, Unit B1




postal address

European Commission
DG Environment, Unit B1 – Agriculture, Forests and Soil
1049 Brussels

Results of consultation and next steps



Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement