Project duration: 1. January 2018 – 31 March 2020


Phosphorus is a critical raw material and its sustainable management needs to be implemented in all European regions. It is an essential element for human nutrition, yet limited resource, which cannot be replaced by any other element. As Europe has no significant phosphorous mines, it is highly dependent on the import of phosphorous ore. In the last years, European countries have already taken actions in order to achieve security in phosphorous supply on the continent. In Switzerland and Germany, a regulatory framework relating to the recovery of phosphorus has been introduced. It can be expected that in other countries, such a regulatory framework will be introduced in the near future. Due to the fact that in Baltic supply chains, the current usage of phosphorous involves waste and losses at every stage of its lifecycle, and one of the most interesting areas which has significant problems associated with improper management of phosphorous is the Baltic region.

The solution (technology)

In InPhos, a working group of experts from developed countries and the Baltic region will jointly develop a strategy for the Baltic countries, via the transfer of knowledge and design of modern solutions for a sustainable use of phosphorous. InPhos will also raise awareness among stakeholders on the implications of the scarcity of this raw material in Europe


  • Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (MEERI), Poland (Lead Partner)
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita di Bologna, Italy
  • BIONOR Sp. Z.o.o, Poland
  • Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Germany
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), Finland
  • Kauno Technologijos Universitetas (Kaunas University of Technology), Lithuania
  • Kauno vandenys Ltd., Lithuania
  • Outotec Deutschland GmbH, Germany
  • Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • University of Latvia, Latvia

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