Factsheet: Decree on the use of manure

Decree on the use of manure

Key Information
Description: 
The decree on the use of manure regulates the use of manure as fertilizer. According to the EU Nitrates Directive, a yearly maximum of 170 kg Nitrogen can be supplied to the soil. The amount of Phosphor is also limited. Both limits determine the excess of manure. Digestate from anaerobic digestion is allowed to be used as fertilizer similar to manure. For co-digestion, a "Positive list" of materials are published in the implementation decree on the use of manure. If materials are used that are not on the "Positive list", the co-digestate is considered waste and is not allowed to be used as fertilizer. If materials for co-digestion are used that are on the "Positive list" to a maximum share of 50%, the co-digestate is allowed to be used as fertilizer. This rule has important impact on the potential feedstocks for biogas production. Furthermore, the SDE subsidy is only awarded to co-digestion plants if these requirements are met.
Goal/Aim: 
regulate the use of manure as fertilizer

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