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Phosphate Credits

We can possibly arrange Phosphate Credits on your behalf. If your development is caught up in the Somerset, Cornwall, Wales, Sussex Phosphate Embargo then we may be able to offer a solution to help you get moving again. Bottom Line: Price of Phosphate Credits

Phosphate Credits are effectively a Phosphates Offset, where by you can create extra Phosphate in one place, because you have Reduced Phosphate Emissions Elsewhere.

For Sale

Below are details of the Phosphate Credits that we have for sale. Pending approval.

Parrott Catchment Phosphate Credits

We have 1.58kg of Phosphate Credits for Sale. Pending approval. These relate to the Parrott Catchment.

1.58kg will offset:

Above number based on houses or flats connected to Taunton STW. For other location served by smaller less modern STW, number of properties offset would be much less for example 1.58kg of offset used in Castle Cary, might only offset 3 dwellings.

River Camel Phosphate Credits

We are in discussion with a land owner (current phosphate source) to create a Phosphate Credits system, for the Camel Catchment.

Why Possibly?

Since November 2020 we have submitted dozens of Phosphate Mitigation Reports for sites in affected areas. However, to this date we have only seen 3 of these reports "passed off" the rest are stuck in Limbo, with Planners, Ecologists and Natural England failing to make decisions one way or the other. Hopefully this will change but any Phosphate Credits schemes that we aim to implement on your behalf will very likely end up stuck in the same back log.

But! Have faith, we are a strongly evidenced approach to delivering Phosphate Credits, that's why are fairly certain will work. Because numerically and conceptually there is no reason why it should not be accepted. But as with others we have not had the OK from Planners, Ecologists or Natural England . . . and that is why Possibly.

Wetland Phosphate Credits

If you are build a block of flats in a town centre, then you will likely have to choose an off-site mitigation scheme. This will require an area of land to be purchased or leased, and then a wetland scheme can be created and maintained for the lifetime of the development.

Wetland schemes take up the least land area. For example a block of flats containing 9 units might require a 500m2 wetland.

The land on which the Wetland Phosphate Credits are created will have to be within the affected catchment. So for example if you are based in Taunton then you would need to find a land area within the Parrett Catchment. If you were based in Dunmere (Cornwall) you would need to find a land area within the Camel Catchment. 

A scheme such as this is very much linked to the value of the land it uses up, and the cost of "building" the wetland is also significant. You might be lucky to buy Phosphate Credits for £5000 per Dwelling, although larger schemes might prove to be more cost affective.

Woodland Phosphate Credits

Woodland is easier to create than wetland, but based on current Phosphate Calculators it takes up a lot more space. For 2 dwellings you might require in the region of 0.6 hectares of woodland. The land cost alone is very high.

However, if you do have the resources to create woodland, then as well as creating Phosphate Credits, you will create Carbon Credits. At present these are worth a minimum of £7000 a hectare. But are predicted to rise to 6 or 8 times this level over the next decade, to come incline with Carbon Pricing Indices of Approx. £86 per ton.

Phosphate Credits from Phosphate Swaps

One idea that we are experimenting with is a Phosphate Swap, in order to create a Phosphate Credit. In affect we "clean up" one source of Phosphate (farm run off / old septic tank), and create a negative Phosphate Emissions that we can apply to a positive one.

This is no doubt what the large water comapnies intend to do. Large Regional Water Companies (occupying areas of the South West and Wessex for example) will charge people for Phosphate Credits and use the money to improve their sewage treatment works. This is a ironic / very frustrating as it is likely owing to the lack of treatment from large STWs that we have a Phosphate Problem in the first place.

The cost of Phosphate Swap Credits, would vary depending on which sewage treatment works you connect to. Taunton Works for example emits less Phosphate per capita, than some of the smaller low tech works.

For example 1 kg of Phosphate Credits would Offset 2 Dwellings in Bridgewater, but 10 dwellings in Taunton.

Price of Phosphate Credits

We are fairly certain we can arrange Phosphate Credits at a fixed price per range from 90,000 upwards KG. But how long it will take to do so . . . that is anyone's guess at the moment. These Phosphate Credits schemes will have to be approved by Natural England, County Ecologists, and Planners.

If you would like to talk about this further then please do contact us (01173 270 092 or swenviro+bristol@gmail.com ).

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