Planet – Nitrogen and phosphorus

Specific nitrogen and phosphorous releases cut by 80%

Source: E-PRTR, DG Statistics
Contains public sector information obtained under the Free Open Data License for Non-Commercial Re-use Flanders v. 1.0

Enriching water ecosystems with nitrogen and phosphorus triggers unnaturally fast growth in plants (and sometimes a proliferation of algae). The resulting accumulation of organic matter degrades the water and habitat quality, a phenomenon known as ‘eutrophication’.

Nitrogen emissions in the chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry result mainly from the production of nitrogen-containing organic or inorganic chemicals like fertilisers, aniline (used to produce polyurethane) and caprolactam (used to produce nylon). Phosphorous releases originate mainly from the production of inorganic chemicals like mineral fertilisers.

The reported data relate to releases of nitrogen and phosphorous into surface water. The chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry has reduced its impact on water ecosystems by cutting its specific nitrogen and phosphorous releases by almost 80% since 2001. Absolute nitrogen discharges continue to decrease, while a slight increase in absolute phosphorous discharge is the result of changes in production mixes.

Source: E-PRTR, DG Statistics
Contains public sector information obtained under the Free Open Data License for Non-Commercial Re-use Flanders v. 1.0

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