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Virtual workshop on Phosphates for sustainable development: Fertilizers and phosphogypsum in the circular economy

Virtual workshop on Phosphates for sustainable development: Fertilizers and phosphogypsum in the circular economy

22 October 2020
12.00 to 13.30 CEST (Vienna time) Austria

International Conference on

Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) in Industry

19–23 October 2020

Host Organization:

International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria

Virtual workshop/ webinar:

Phosphates for sustainable development: 

 Fertilizers and phosphogypsum in the circular economy

Thursday,  22 October 2020 12:00 – 13.30 


Phosphate resources have been included in the IAEA NORM Industry list since 2006. In the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development “Decade of Action” (2020-2030), the phosphate fertilizer/phosphogypsum value chain can be counted an essential contributor to global soil fertility, nutrient and water use efficiency, primary resource conservation, carbon sequestration, food security and nutrition for both people and their livestock. To do so, it must maintain the highest standards of health, safety and environmental accountability, based on harmonized global standards and best practices.  Now the industry, partnering with governments, investors and academia, is challenged to provide the comprehensive roadmap for achieving excellence in the safe and sustainable management of phosphate resources in the “new normal” post-COVID-19 world. This new normal will be founded up a new point of environmental-economic equilibrium, fully compatible with the principles of Environmental, Social and  Governance (ESG) investment.  In this workshop, speakers from governments, industry, academia, international organization and the financial institutions will explain the vision, with specific examples and case studies.  



Horst Monken-Fernandez, IAEA and Hari Tulsidas, UNECE, Co-chair – Welcome remarks

Julian Hilton, Chair, IFA PG Working Group & UNECE SDG Delivery Working Group – Opening remarks and setting the scene 

Connie Nichol, Nutrien – Case study of Agroforestry and Anthrosols, Canada

Paulo Pavinato, University of São Paulo – Agricultural applications of PG, Brazil

Tibaut Theys, Prayon Technologies SA, Belgium – Construction, raw material uses of PG 

Ranjit Misra, Paradeep Phosphates Ltd – PG as fertilizer feedstock and in road construction, India

Ulrich Kral, Technische Universität Wien – Material recovery for circular economy: UNFC as enabler

Nils Haneklaus, Aachen University, Co-chair - Key messages and closing