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Fertilizer consumption - outlook from EEA (Outlook 023) - Assessment published Jun 2007

Indicator Assessmentexpired Created 08 Jan 2007 Published 08 Jun 2007 Last modified 12 Nov 2013, 09:05 AM
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Environmental scenarios Environmental scenarios (Primary topic)

Agriculture Agriculture

forward looking indicators | fertilisers
DPSIR: Pressure
Typology: Performance indicator (Type B - Does it matter?)
Indicator codes
  • Outlook 023
Geographic coverage:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Key policy question: Are we using fertilizers in a more sustainable way?

Key messages

Mineral fertilizer use is expected to increase considerably in the new Member States, but remains lower than in the EU-15 in absolute terms; this may lead to increases in associated environmental pressures. Best practices for fertilizer handling could significantly reduce the environmental pressures.

Projections of fertilizer consumption

Note: N/A

Data source:

European environment outlook, EEA Report No 4/2005

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Key assessment

Baseline scenario

The following developments are expected for use of fertilizers:

  • Considerable increases are projected for mineral fertilizer consumption in the New-8 over the next 20 years. The use of nitrogen (N) mineral fertilizers, which represents abut 60% of total mineral fertilizer use in 2020, is expected to increase by about 35% over this period, while phosphate (P) and potassium (K) use increases by about 52% and 41% respectively.
  • This contrasts sharply with the EU-15 situation where the use of mineral fertilizers is expected to stay fairly stable to 2020.

This mainly reflects the differences between the EU-15 and the New-8 in terms of increases in application rates and yields.

  • The use of mineral fertilizers per ha is also expected to increase significantly by 2020 (38%, 55% and 44% for N, P and K respectively).

However, despite yield increases, it remains significantly lower in the New-8 than in the EU-15 in 2020 (13% for N at 64.5 kg/ha, 10% for P at 20.5 kg/ha and 23% for K at 21 kg/ha). In contrast, the use of organic supply on crops is expected to decrease slightly over the period; in 2020, it represents about 36% and 27% of total fertilizer use in the EU-15 and New-8 respectively.

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Contacts and ownership

EEA Contact Info

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EEA Management Plan

2010 (note: EEA internal system)



European Environment Agency (EEA)
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