publication . Article . 2018

Phosphorus Processing—Potentials for Higher Efficiency

Ludwig Hermann; Fabian Kraus; Ralf Hermann;
Open Access
  • Published: 08 May 2018 Journal: Sustainability, volume 10, page 1,482 (eissn: 2071-1050, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
In the aftermath of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement (COP21) by virtually all United Nations, producing more with less is imperative. In this context, phosphorus processing, despite its high efficiency compared to other steps in the value chain, needs to be revisited by science and industry. During processing, phosphorus is lost to phosphogypsum, disposed of in stacks globally piling up to 3–4 billion tons and growing by about 200 million tons per year, or directly discharged to the sea. Eutrophication, acidification, and long-term pollution are the environmental impacts of both practices. Economic and regula...
Subjects
free text keywords: Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, Geography, Planning and Development, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, phosphorus, phosphogypsum, processing efficiency, eutrophication, acidification, economic and regulatory framework, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental effects of industries and plants, TD194-195, Renewable energy sources, TJ807-830, Environmental sciences, GE1-350
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