6/16/2022 - Press release

Kemira and Veolia announce joint collaboration in new phosphorus recovery technology

Kemira Oyj, Press Release, June 16, 2022 at 10.00 am (EEST)

Kemira and Veolia announce joint collaboration in new phosphorus recovery technology

Kemira Oyj and Veolia Wasser Deutschland announce their collaboration in the full-scale technology assessment of the new phosphorus recovery technology ViviMag™.

ViviMag™ is a patented technology to recover phosphorus and other valuable resources, such as iron, from sewage sludge. The technology has been developed by Wetsus, the European center of excellence for sustainable water technology, and Technical University Delft in cooperation with Kemira, several other private companies and municipal water companies.

Phosphorus in wastewater is a major environmental challenge and causes overfertilization of surface waters if not removed properly. At the same time, phosphorus is a key nutrient necessary for agricultural purposes and many different industrial applications. In 2020, the European Commission again confirmed phosphorus as one of the critical raw materials on the EU Critical Raw Materials List. A local recovery from urban wastewaters will support Europe’s ambitions for more raw material independence.

Kemira Oyj and Veolia Wasser Deutschland will conduct the first ViviMag™ industrial pilot trial at the wastewater treatment plant of Schönebeck, Germany, during the second half of 2022.

“This collaboration is a major step in realizing our strategy to deliver high-quality, sustainable and circular solutions for removing and recovering phosphorus to our customers,” said Jean-Christophe Ades, Senior Marketing Manager, Municipal market for Kemira Industry & Water EMEA.

“We are continuously working to optimize the efficiency of processes implemented in the municipal and industrial treatment plants”, said Laurent Hequet, Managing Director of Veolia Wasser Deutschland GmbH. "That’s why we develop and offer wastewater treatment plant operators economic and ecologically efficient solutions which, thanks to their replication potential, enable operational and pragmatic implementation of the legally required phosphorus recovery directly at the wastewater treatment plants. The same time we improve the overall CO2 balance of wastewater treatment and sewage sludge utilization.”

For both companies, this new technology represents an important complement to their sustainable water treatment offering.

For more information, please contact:

Kemira Oyj
Jean-Christophe Ades, Senior Marketing Manager, Industry & Water
Tel: +33 6 75 13 34 22

Tina Stroisch, Communication Manager
Tel: +49 341 24176-582

Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and energy industry. In 2021, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.7 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

Veolia is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 220,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2021, the Veolia group supplied 95 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 43 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 57 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €28.5 billion in 2021. www.veolia.com

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