Watch our video about this below, and then scroll down and please give us your comments:
For this the EU Law needs to change the status of anaerobic digestion digestate from being classed as a "waste", to being classed as a product. That is from a so called "waste" to it being seen as a valuable raw material to be used for fertilising and soil improvement generally.
This is the first step. The second step is that digestate contains manure.
Manure is generally considered to be an Animal By-product (ABP), and the new Fertiliser Regulations need to change the status of Animal By-product to allow it to become a fertiliser.
The spokesperson in the video above said:
"Which countries in Europe are the best from this point of view?"
"Well, the most active countries that we have are typically Germany but also France, as they think about changing the legal status of this digestate and that is why we get inspiration to harmonise this at a European level."
"This is really important because we want to create a level playing field for this digestive derived fertiliser compared to the mineral fertiliser."
"We buy and manufacture the mineral fertilisers, they are very important [to reduce] for their high carbon footprint, which is detrimental to the environment."
It is better to use the resources we already have in our biogas plants. After all, we are living on the biogas resource, producing energy first, but now we must also start using the digestate as the great fertiliser it can be.
This is also a great way to integrate farming practices into a circular economy. It is a way to increase recycling, and to transform the farmer as a real actor of the new circular economy.
Video and quoted text are as found on Youtube here.