Our goals

What is our aim?

Biowaste, animal manure, sewage sludge and food and feed waste, form the most abundant waste stream in Europe and hence, the most prominent potential resource for the production of biogas and the recovery and recycling of mineral nutrients like phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N) and potassium (K), thereby reducing Europe’s dependency on external and non-renewable P reserves and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from N fertilizer production.

The specific objectives of SYSTEMIC are:

  • To demonstrate the effective combination of anaerobic digestion with nutrient recovery and recycling technologies (TRL 7-8) for producing valuable fertilizers and soil amendments from EU’s most abundant biowaste streams (manure, sewage sludge and food waste) at five demonstration plants working in a different legal, commercial and agricultural context in five European countries.
  • To demonstrate the viability of the Circular Economy business cases at the demonstration plants and to translate these into business opportunities for ten EU outreach locations
  • To provide plant operators and investors with a business development package for advancing the circular economy via the (i) selection of nutrient recovery technologies and possible products, (ii) economic performance and (iii) environmental benefits
  • To derive applicable policy recommendations and innovation deals and to develop a roadmap to support the further roll-out of Circular Economy solutions for biowaste valorisation in Europe