TOPIC PAGE: Sustainability in the fertilizers industry

Author: Erica Sesay


Updated on 18 June with the latest news headlines.

On this topic page, we gather the latest news, analysis and resources, to help you to keep track of developments in the area of sustainability in the fertilizers industry.


Turkey’s Bagfas forced to halt fertilizers production on 1 August

By Julia Meehan 17-Jun-21 10:47 LONDON (ICIS--The Turkish government has ordered fertilizers producer Bagfas Bandirma Gubre Fabrikalari AS (Bagfas) to halt production on 1 August. The government imposed the shutdown in relation to environmental permits for waste release from Bagfas' factory, sources said.

Canada's oil sands producers form alliance to reach net-zero GHG by 2050

By Stefan Baumgarten 09-Jun-21 14:52 TORONTO (ICIS)--Canada’s largest oil sands producers have formed an alliance to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, they said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

Micro-irrigation initiatives to boost specialty fertilizer demand in India

By Erica Sesay 09-Jun-21 18:02 LONDON (ICIS)—India’s specialty fertilizers market is seen expanding in the coming years, especially for water soluble options, as the government encourages micro-irrigation, speakers said at the IFA Smart and Green conference.

China’s specialty fertilizers demand to grow almost 10% in next five years

By Erica Sesay 08-Jun-21 17:04 LONODN (ICIS)--Chinese demand for specialty fertilizers is expected to grow at around 9% over the next five years, according to speakers at the IFA Smart & Green conference on Tuesday.

Yara, Trafigura collaborating to develop ammonia as fuel for shipping

By Nurluqman Suratman 07-Jun-21 07:58 SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Norwegian fertilizer major Yara has signed an agreement with commodity trading firm Trafigura to develop and promote the use of ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping, the two firms said.

India’s IFFCO launches nano fertilizer to reduce urea use by 50%

By Deepika Thapliyal 01-Jun-21 16:17 LONDON (ICIS)--Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) has launched a new nano urea (liquid) fertilizer, developed using nanotechnology, the company said.

Korean companies team up for green ammonia supply chain push

By Richard Ewing 25-May-21 12:08 LONDON (ICIS)--A group of leading Korean chemical, shipping and logistics companies on Tuesday created a consortium they hope will be a catalyst for the development of green ammonia marine transportation and a bunkering supply chain.

Helios Industry to invest $1bn in green ammonia plant in Abu Dhabi

By Richard Ewing 25-May-21 16:43 LONDON (ICIS)--Ambitious plans for a $1bn green ammonia production facility in Abu Dhabi that will target regional and international markets were unveiled on Tuesday.

Stamicarbon and Shchekinoazot to develop sustainable fertz solutions

By Richard Ewing 25-May-21 16:58 LONDON (ICIS)--Italian engineering major Maire Tecnimont Group on Tuesday teamed up with Russian chemical and fertilizer giant Shchekinoazot to jointly explore, develop and implement green technologies.

UK government launches CCUS, hydrogen funding competitions

By Jake Stones 24-May-21 17:05 LONDON (ICIS)--The UK government announced on 24 May a £166.5m cash injection to support the build out of carbon capture technologies, greenhouse gas removal and hydrogen.

Oman to build green fuels, ammonia large-scale project

By Jonathan Lopez 18-May-21 12:54 LONDON (ICIS)--Oman energy major OQ has set up a joint venture for the construction of a 25GW green fuels project that will also produce green ammonia, it said on Tuesday.

Stamicarbon launches new green ammonia technology for fertz production

By Richard Ewing 17-May-21 15:48 LONDON (ICIS)--Dutch technology group Stamicarbon on Monday announced the launch of a new green ammonia manufacturing process that paves the way for sustainable fertilizer production.

Yara and JERA target clean ammonia for power production in Japan

By Richard Ewing 11-May-21 11:22 LONDON (ICIS)--Norwegian fertilizer major Yara and Japanese energy giant JERA on Tuesday teamed up to collaborate on the production, delivery and supply chain development for blue and green ammonia, to enable zero-emission thermal power generation in Japan.

Yara launches Agoro Carbon to help farmers decarbonise

By Richard Ewing 07-May-21 14:19 LONDON (ICIS)--Norwegian fertilizer giant Yara on Friday announced the commercial launch of a global initiative that will allow farmers to earn additional revenue from positive climate action.

OCI Beaumont to decarbonise in blue ammonia drive

By Richard Ewing 05-May-21 13:52 LONDON (ICIS)--Dutch fertilizer and chemicals major OCI on Wednesday has expanded its low carbon product portfolio through the launch of blue ammonia production at its Texas operations.

Sri Lanka aims to halt chemical fertilizer imports in future

By Deepika Thapliyal 26-Apr-21 12:53 LONDON (ICIS)--Recent comments by the President of Sri Lanka, who vowed to stop import of chemical fertilizers and move towards organic fertilizers, have been met with scepticism from market participants.

Canada sets new target for cutting GHG emissions

By Stefan Baumgarten 22-Apr-21 16:33 TORONTO (ICIS)--Canada on Thursday announced a new target for cutting its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, following a similar announcement in the US by President Joe Biden.

Biden seeks to reduce US CO2 emissions by as much as 52% by '30

By Sunny Roe 22-Apr-21 15:50 HOUSTON (ICIS)--President Joe Biden announced at the Leaders Summit on Climate on Thursday that the US will reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 50-52% below its 2005 levels by 2030.

Canada raises GHG target, boosts spending on 'green recovery'

By Stefan Baumgarten 20-Apr-21 14:42 TORONTO (ICIS)--Canada’s federal government plans to spend an additional Canadian dollar (C$) 17.6bn (US$14.1bn) on “green recovery” measures, and is raising the target for reducing the country's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it said in releasing its 2021 budget after markets closed on Monday (19 April).

Ukraine's Naftogaz eyes integrated fertilizer, natural gas, renewable cluster amid energy transition commitments

By Aura Sabadus 19-Apr-21 14:57 LONDON (ICIS)--The Ukrainian gas incumbent Naftogaz aims to expand its activities in the fertilizer and renewables sectors in addition to ramping up gas explorations in the Black Sea later this year, the advisor to the CEO told ICIS in an interview.

Swiss Glencore addresses water incidents, provides stewardship update in sustainability report

By Annalise Porter 16-Apr-21 20:52 HOUSTON (ICIS)--Swiss metals miner Glencore addressed two 2020 water-related environmental incidents in its annual sustainability report released this week.

Nutrien to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030

By Erica Sesay 12-Apr-21 16:19 LONDON (ICIS)--Canadian fertilizers producer Nutrien aims to reduce operational GHG emissions by 30% by 2030, it said in its 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report.


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.