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.
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
DEFRA CONSULTATIONS EXPLAINED
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.