Circular agriculture with low emissions and nutrient recovery from manure is high on the European Union agenda. The European Green Deal provides an action plan to boost an efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy. Several member states have already highlighted the importance of technological research, development and upscaling of the best available technologies for nutrient recovery from manure and the adaption of relevant European legislation.

Collaboration with like-minded member states is of uttermost importance to move to a circular, sustainable manure processing within realistic economic, ecological and social boundaries. Therefore, ManuREsource 2021 aims to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy by exchanging experiences and knowledge with concerned international stakeholders and policy makers from all these regions.

During the parallel sessions, the focus will be the exchange of experiences between regions on the measures taken for coping with manure surpluses, both in terms of manure management in a broad sense, and more specifically in terms of manure treatment. Also the current developments and innovations in manure treatment technologies and the various valorisation strategies for manure, like energy production and nutrient recovery, will be explored.

As the central theme of this edition accelerating the transition towards a circular manure processing, the focus will be a circular manure management within realistic economic, ecological and social boundaries.

Topic 1: Fertilising with manure, digestate and derived products

  • Fertilising value of manure & digestate treatment products
  • Advances fertilisation management
  • Precision farming and innovations in fertilization techniques

Topic 2: Product innovations and new markets for manure & digestate

  • Economic & marketing aspects
  • Quality aspects of (new) products derived from manure & digestate
  • Policy impact on market development and marketability

Topic 3: Process innovations in manure & digestate treatment

  • Environmental technology: optimizations and innovations in treatment processes
  • Renewable Fertilizers: nutrient recovery / nutrient upcycling
  • Organic carbon / fibre recycling and utilization
  • Manure / digestate and derived products as basis for biomass growth (algae, insects,…)
  • Water recovery and re-use
  • Innovative processes for energy production from manure

Topic 4: Environmental impact of manure/ digestate management and treatment

  • Greenhouse gas / carbon footprint
  • Impact on soil quality
  • Impact on surface and groundwater quality
  • Impact on air quality
  • Effectiveness of policy measures on the protection of the environment
  • Cross-media effects