Updated on 6 April with the latest news.
On this topic page, we gather all the latest news, analysis and resources, which will help you to keep track of developments in the area of sustainability in the fertilizers industry.
The UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) launched a consultation at the beginning of November 2020 on reducing ammonia emissions from urea fertilizers. The consultation ran until 26 January 2021.
It set out three options for tackling ammonia emissions:
- A total ban on solid urea fertilizers
- A requirement to stabilise solid urea fertilizers with the addition of a urease inhibitor.
- A requirement to restrict the spreading of solid urea fertilizers to between 15 January and 31 March of a given year.
Liquid urea is excluded from any new rules or restrictions.
DEFRA is currently analysing the feedback received. Should it decide to restrict the use of urea, that would leave growers with just ammonium nitrate-based fertilizers.
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
By Annalise Porter 05-Apr-21 19:38 HOUSTON (ICIS)--A leak in a reservoir full of toxic fertilizer byproduct wastewater in Manatee County, Florida, led to emergency measures and evacuations over the weekend.
By Annalise Porter 19-Mar-21 18:00 HOUSTON (ICIS)--Glencore withdrew marginally more water during 2020 than in the previous year, the Swiss mining company said in its annual report.
By Annalise Porter 22-Mar-21 HOUSTON (ICIS)--Global organisations addressed sustainability - including within the agricultural sector and fertilizer industry - during World Water Day on 22 March. Agriculture consumes around 70% of global freshwater withdrawals annually. Meanwhile, climate change is causing drier soil conditions, larger precipitation variability and higher evaporation rates.
By Richard Ewing 19-Mar-21 13:32 LONDON (ICIS)--Fertilizer trader Mitsubishi Corp on Friday announced the signing of a joint study on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon dioxide utilisation for clean fuel ammonia production in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
By Mark Milam 19-Mar-21 18:35 HOUSTON (ICIS)--Producer CF Fertilisers UK announced that its Ince manufacturing facility in Cheshire will receive £510,000 ($707,740) in government support related to HyNet North West, an important carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiative.
By Priya Jestin 15-Mar-21 09:55 MUMBAI (ICIS)--India is working on a national policy aimed at completely phasing out single-use plastics by the second half of 2022, taking into account varied paces of compliance across states over the past five years.
By Erica Sesay 12-Mar-21 12:03 LONDON (ICIS)-- Australian potash firm Danakali has concluded that both solar and wind energy are viable sources of power generation for the Colluli potash project in Eritrea.
By Erica Sesay 11-Mar-21 18:25 LONDON (ICIS)--Digital connectivity is essential to meeting sustainability goals, according to industry executives at the International Fertilizers Association (IFA) global sustainability conference.
By Richard Ewing 01-Mar-21 17:37 LONDON (ICIS)--Bolivia’s Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energies on Friday announced a strategic plan for green hydrogen generation to increase the country’s energy potential and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
By Erica Sesay 10-Mar-21 17:50 LONDON (ICIS)--Increasing the use of Phosphogypsum (PG) in the fertilizers industry will further contribute to a circular economy, according to industry executives on Wednesday.
By Mark Milam 10-Mar-21 19:09 HOUSTON (ICIS)--US fertilizer producer Mosaic has announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Sound Agriculture to bring a revolutionary nutrient efficiency product to the market which will boost yields across major row crops and improve soil health.
By Stefan Baumgarten 10-Mar-21 14:15 LONDON (ICIS)--BASF has signed two partnership agreements to expand its position in the global bio-based surfactants and actives market, the German-based company said on Wednesday.
By Yu Yunfeng 09-Mar-21 08:23 SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s ambition to achieve peak emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060 will accelerate the development of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation and vehicles.
By Richard Ewing 08-Mar-21 18:34 LONDON (ICIS)--Saudi Aramco has confirmed its non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings (HHIH) on blue hydrogen and ammonia is a research and development opportunity, not a commercial agreement.
By Erica Sesay 09-Mar-21 16:48 LONDON (ICIS)--India will have a delayed transition to newer and more sustainable fertilizers, if the government continues to subsidise traditional chemical fertilizers, according to industry executives on Tuesday.
By Erica Sesay 02-Mar-21 13:28 LONDON (ICIS)--Two of Mosaic's fertilizers have been labelled as Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEF) as defined by the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO), according to the US fertilizer producer.
By Erica Sesay 01-Mar-21 15:08 LONDON (ICIS)--Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) has started operations at the Liwa Compost Plant in Al Dhafra, following a refurbishment to increase its capacity.