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Janez Potocnik aims for Green Paper on Phosphorus

In a speech at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture, Janez Potočnik has stated his desire to publish a green paper on Phosphorus, particularly in relation to its future scarcity, contamination, and price swings. His speech said that “phosphorus is currently not in short supply but over time it will become scarcer, more expensive to mine and more saturated with contaminants. It is begging for more attention, not least because there have been large swings in prices which are a sign that something is wrong … A positive approach on phosphorus would be good for resource efficiency, for the bio economy, for agriculture, for energy use, for climate change and reduced water pollution. For these reasons… I hope to present a Green Paper on the issue in the coming months”. The European Commission’s secretary general, Catherine Day has previously blocked such a step, seeming to priorities growth and jobs. If a green paper can not be arranged, a Commission Staff Working Document is an alternative though, given Potčnik’s public backing of the green paper, this would no doubt be a disappointing outcome for him. READ MORE

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