Launch of RISE NRR Report

On March 21st, the RISE Foundation launched its latest report at an event held in Brussels with over 100 participants and chaired by Corrado Pirzio-Biroli, CEO of the RISE Foundation. Among the audience were members of the European Commission, academics, company representatives, NGOs and members of nutrient platforms.


Janez Potocnik delivering the opening speech

Janez Potocnik, Chairman of the RISE Foundation, opened the event with a speech in which he emphasised that while international agreements have been reached on climate and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, more will have to be done to create a resilient food system that guarantees future nutrient and food security. This will mainly involve increasing the efficiency of our current nutrient use, which, as the RISE report highlights, is still low in Europe.

Allan Buckwell

Allan Buckwell presenting the report

Following the introductory speech, Allan Buckwell, Emeritus Professor and director of the study, discussed the main lines of action explained in the report which are needed to attain higher nutrient use efficiencies in Europe’s agriculture and food production system. These are: increasing information, research and development; providing market stimulants; and introducing penalties and restrictions. The report makes 16 recommendations to fully enable nutrient recovery and reuse and contribute to better nutrient stewardship.

Three respondents commented on the report. The first to speak was Ryan Dermot, Senior Adviser and Communication Adviser to the European Commissioner for Agriculture, the second, Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU Policy Director on Agriculture viser to the European Commissioner for Agriculture, and the third respondent was Kees Langeveld, Vice President of Business Development at ICL.

These interventions were followed by a lively debate in which several participants acknowledged that changing consumer behaviour will be a slow process, emphasised the role of soils in nutrient cycling and agreed with the need for local measures but reminded that an EU approach is needed to allow for the transport of nutrients due to the current concentrated distribution of livestock and waste.

Left to right: R. Dermot, M. Contiero, K. Langeveld and C. Pirzio-Biroli

More detail on the issues discussed during the event can be found in the report for the launch event.

In addition, the following presentations are available for download:

Janez Potocnik's opening speech

Allan Buckwell's report presentation

The report can be freely downloaded from our publications list.

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