This presentation comes from the “Future day” seminar arranged by waste handler Ragnsells.
It covers why phosphorus requires to be treated as a special case in the circular economy, indeed in a circular economy culture. And gives a few ideas how to do that – mentioning the acute need to do something about the Baltic Sea.
Slides can be downloaded here. RAGNSELLS1
To learn more about the circular economy see the online courses available here http://circleeconomy.tssef.se
I had the honour of addressing the Baltic Sea Action group on the opportunities to drive the circular economy using fiscal instruments.
The main thread of my presentation was the work done with the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation on the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen from field to plate to field and the framework of the fiscal and economic realities affecting decisions at each step.
If you take a step back to see the whole chain, you realise that no-one wants to be counter-sustainable, but from each person’s viewpoint they must make economic decisions for the domain they are responsible for.
By going as far up the supply chain as possible, it is possible to add dividend-bearing surcharges to existing levies that stimulate a circular economy.
You can view and download the slides here
To view the whole presentation see the youtube clip below.
This video explains the essential science of phosphorus and how understanding the role of phosphorus in agriculture and waste handling will give you the basics of sustainability. Continue reading “The challenge of phosphorus”