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Mr Edward Someus
Mr Edward Someus
The REFERTIL is an application oriented science, technology development and industrial engineering project, contributing to the cost efficient transformation of the organic waste streams from the agriculture and food industry. The key objectives of the REFERTIL project are to improve the currently used compost treatment systems and develop zero emission performance biochar industrial production technologies towards safe and economical nutrient recovery process. Beyond the industrial compost and stabile carbon based biochar technology development, the REFERTIL project provides a strong legislation support to the European Commission for the new EU27 fertiliser regulation, and standardization of the compost/biochar technologies and safe products. The compost and biochar policy support work elements be completed 2015.
ABC action is targeting to recover P and other plant nutrients from animal by-products (bone) which is clearly linked to the sustainable food production. The commercial implementation of ABC innovation is linked to the following policy objectives of the EU:
The Raw Material Initiative – COM (2008)699 is highlighting that the”Securing reliable and undistorted access to raw materials is increasingly becoming an important factor for the EU’s competitiveness and, hence, crucial to the success of the Lisbon Partnership for growth and jobs”. The EC has created a list of Critical Raw Materials (CRMs), where CRMs combine a high economic importance to the EU with a high risk associated with their supply. The phosphate rocks are listed on the CRMs list (COM (2014) 297 final) and Phosphorus is at the centre of Commission's actions to improve its sustainable use. Phosphate rock CRM is crucial to Europe’s security of food supply, economy and essential to maintaining and improving our quality of life and "there is a high supply risk due to concentrated production from three main countries, though it is close to the supply risk threshold. Corporate concentration for this material appears relatively high compared to other materials, rising over the past five years. The economic importance is moderately high, exceeding the criticality threshold. There is no recycled input and substitution is impossible in its main application as an input to fertilisers and other chemicals." (Report on critical raw materials for the EU, May 2014, DG ENTR). ABC is recovered phosphorus is a renewable fertilizer source that can substitute the increasingly scare mineral phosphates.
The Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe – COM (2011) 571 – is setting up a milestone by 2020 that “incentives to healthier and more sustainable food production and consumption will be widespread and will have driven a 20% reduction in the food chain's resource inputs”.
Consultative Communication on the Sustainable Use of Phosphorus – COM (2013) 517 - states that “greater recycling and use of organic phosphorus where it is needed could stabilise the amounts of mined phosphate required and mitigate the soil contamination and water pollution issues. This will then put us on track to close the phosphorus cycle in the long term, when the physical limitations of the resource will become increasingly important.” Estimates suggest that through resource efficiency, global fertilizer phosphorus use from primary sources can be reduced by 18%, compared to currently envisaged policies (COM (2011) 571 final).
By recycling and recovery of phosphorus from animal by-products and closing phosphorus cycle the ABC proposal is contributing to the implementation of EU “circular economy package” for turning Europe into more circular economy and boosting recycling and preventing the loss of valuable products and move us towards zero-waste. Towards a circular economy: A zero waste programme for Europe – COM (2014)398 - is targeting to reduce food waste generation by 30% by 2025. The by-products from food production (P is mainly concentrated at bones) could recycle significant quantities of P, if properly managed.
Application of fertilisers is a major contributory factor to increased losses of nutrients such as nitrate and phosphate from agricultural soils into ground and surface water bodies. The Water Framework Directive (Directive 0060/2000) have sought to limit nutrient losses to water bodies through more careful management of agricultural land. Other agri-environmental policies that affect the consumption of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilisers, directly or indirectly include United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD), Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Contributing to the Europe 2020 headline targets (COM/2010/2020 final): The ABC proposal is adding value to the Europe 2020 the three priorities of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the European Union’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy which is launched in 2010. From the 5 Europe 2020 headline targets the ABC innovation is strongly contributing to the: following 3:
1. Increasing Employment, ABC proposal link: Boost employments and increasing the growth in the fast developing recycling sector. The increasing phosphorus efficiency will be key for securing growth and job in the European agriculture sector.
2. R&D (3% of the EU's GDP to be invested in R&D), ABC proposal link: leverage more investment from the private sector in research and innovation, and real prospects on wide market take-up.
3. Climate change and energy sustainability (greenhouse gas emissions 20% lower than 1990, 20% of energy from renewable, 20% increase in energy efficiency). ABC proposal link: The reduction/substitution of energy intensive mineral fertilisers by recycled phosphorus organic fertiliser and using phosphorus resources more efficiently will help to achieve these climate and energy objectives. The ABC technology is almost zero emission with no greenhouse gas emission.
Contributing to the flagship initiatives (COM/2010/2020 final): The ABC proposal is targeting to contribute to the following 2020 flagships:
• "Innovation Union" - COM(2010)546: ABC is contributing to improvement of Europe’s research and innovation performance which is needs to be boosted to master the many challenges ahead and keep its place in a fast-changing world. The ABC proposal is targeting to turning innovative ideas into products that create growth and job. ABC, a challenge driven proposal, focusing on several societal benefits and act across the whole innovation chain.
• "Resource efficient Europe"- COM(2011)21: ABC is targeting to improve security of Europe supply of phosphorus raw material by substitution of mineral fertiliser with recycled ABC phosphorus. Contributing to circular economy, secure sustainable growth and jobs through better use of phosphorus resource.
• "An industrial policy for the globalisation era"- COM(2010)614 : ABC is considering the whole value and supply chain, from access to energy and raw materials to after-sale service and the recycling of materials and improving the business environment for SMEs.
• "An agenda for new skills and jobs" to modernise labour markets and empower people by developing their of skills throughout the lifecycle with a view to increase labour participation and better match labour supply and demand, including through labour mobility.
Contributing to the 7th Environmental Program to 2020 - ‘Living well, within the limits of our planet’ (Decision 1386/2013/EU). The ABC innovation is contributing to 3 the key priority objectives: (i) protect, conserve and enhance the Union’s natural capital, (ii) to turn the Union into a resource-efficient, green and competitive low-carbon economy, (iii) to safeguard the Union’s citizens from environment-related pressures and risks.
FERTILIZER REGULATION revision (DG GROW)
Legislation support to the European Commission for the new EU28 fertiliser regulation, standardization and law harmonization of the compost/biochar technologies and safe products.
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Mr. Edward Someus: Swedish environmental engineer with core competence of organic waste added value recycling and valorization by pyrolysis, carbon processing and reuse applications. Born 1951; education: University of Lund in Sweden (1972 - 1978), graduated in 1978, M.Sc., Natural and Environmental Sciences. Sectors of Personal Expertise: renewable energy/clean technology/environment/organic waste management/bio-energy. Combining high level of scientific knowledge with industrial engineering and field applications, specializing in the: research, technical development, engineering, permitting, industrial applications and implementation of the zero emission carbon refinery, low temperature carbonisation and pyrolysis technology, for recycling and reuse of carboniferous materials by integrated thermal/biotechnological means.
Specializing in the indirectly heated rotary kiln technique and auxiliary installations, such as off gas treatment and bio-fuel refinery. Inventor of the 3R zero emission carbon refinery pyrolysis technology and formulated carbon applications for soil improvements, including pyrolysis syngas processing, solid state fermentation and formulation.
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01/2014 - 12/2014
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