What are renewable fertilizers?

The EU is becoming aware of the respect that the environment needs and has made a great decision to initiate change. Would you like to know what this decision is? In this blog we tell you!

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the European Union presented the approval of a Regulation that harmonizes the requirements for fertilizers produced from phosphated minerals and organic or secondary raw materials The new Regulation replaces the 2003 Regulation of fertilizers and includes all types of fertilizers (mineral, organic, soil amendments, culture media, etc.).

Such regulations will increase the control of imported products and limit the use of cadmium-based contaminants, which can cause serious health risks to living beings. This fact is highlighted in the new regulation, since the cadmium limit in phosphate fertilizers decreases from 90 mg of cadmium / kg of P2O5 to 60 mg of cadmium / kg of P2O5. In addition, it has been decided to use a voluntary label entitled “Low cadmium content (Cd)” for all those fertilizers that have a cadmium content of less than 20 mg / kg of P2O5.

This regulation is not applicable to:

  • Animal by-products or derived products subject to the requirements of Reg. (EC) 1069/2009 when made available on the market.
  • Phytosanitary products included in the area of application of Reg. (EC) 1107/2009.

This regulation defines functional categories (CFPs) classified as:

  • Manure or fertilizer
    • Organic manure
    • Organic mineral manure
    • Inorganic manure
  • Limestone amendment
  • Land Amendment
  • Growing substrate
  • Inhibitor
  • Plant biostimulant
  • Mix of fertilizer products

In the same way, an EU fertilizer product will consist solely of component materials that meet the requirements for one or more of the following CCM (Categories of component materials):

  • CCM 1: Substances and mixtures of virgin materials
  • CCM 2: Plants, parts of plants or plant extracts
  • CCM 3: Compost
  • CCM 4: Fresh crop digestate
  • CCM 5: Digestate other than fresh crop digestate
  • CCM 6: By-products of the food industry
  • CCM 7: Microorganisms
  • CCM 8: Nutrient Polymers
  • CCM 9: Polymers other than nutrient polymers
  • CCM 10: Derivative products within the meaning of Regulation (EC) n. o 1069/2009
  • CCM 11: By-products according to Directive 2008/98 / EC

According to Niculae Bădălău, Minister of Economy of Romania, “this new regulation will ensure that only fertilizers that meet requirements and standards of high quality and safety at EU level can be sold freely throughout the EU. The pollutants present in the phosphate fertilizer products of the EU, such as cadmium, may pose a risk to human, animal or plant health, safety or the environment, so that their content has been limited by New rules. These rules will boost the production and use of phosphate fertilizers with low cadmium content and the use of organic fertilizers, and will offer more variety to farmers oriented towards a more environmentally friendly agriculture. ”

This opens up new possibilities for large-scale production and commercialization, creating a more environmentally friendly scenario. Through this regulation, the use of recycled materials to develop new fertilizers is promoted, promoting the innovation of organic fertilizers.

The entry into force of this treaty will take place on July 16, 2022.

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