TOPIC PAGE: Sustainability in the fertilizers industry

Author: Erica Sesay


Updated on 23 July 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.


Canada not on track to meet climate targets-institute

By Stefan Baumgarten 23-Jul-21 16:03 TORONTO (ICIS)--Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments are not taking the necessary steps to achieve the country’s targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an energy and climate research institute said in a report published on Friday.

INSIGHT: Canadian fertilizer major Nutrien talks blue and green ammonia

By Richard Ewing 19-Jul-21 14:46 LONDON (ICIS)--As governments and companies launch innovative pathways to sustainable solutions in the global fight against climate change, one option is proving particularly popular: green and blue ammonia.

India plans to oblige petchems and fertz firms to use green hydrogen

By Richard Ewing 16-Jul-21 11:33 LONDON (ICIS)--India plans to ramp up investment in green ammonia and green hydrogen projects and introduce purchase obligations for sectors including petroleum and fertilizers, a union minister disclosed on Friday.

Green ammonia mega project announced for Australia

By Richard Ewing 13-Jul-21 11:31 LONDON (ICIS)--An international consortium on Tuesday unveiled ambitious plans for a 20m tonne/year green ammonia mega project in Australia that would provide clean energy to domestic and foreign customers.

ADNOC joins Hydrogen Council amid blue ammonia drive

By Richard Ewing 13-Jul-21 13:16 LONDON (ICIS)--Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) on Tuesday joined the Hydrogen Council – an international organisation that aims to accelerate the global position of hydrogen through member companies.

INSIGHT: Fertilizer industry will be hit by EU carbon charge proposals, not petchemsBy Nigel Davis 07-Jul-21 17:39 LONDON (ICIS)--The fertilizer industry is one of the sectors to fall under the EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) proposals which will be revealed in detail next week (14 July).

Plans for blue ammonia chain between Siberia and Japan accelerateBy Richard Ewing 07-Jul-21 18:37 LONDON (ICIS)--Plans for a new value chain that converts natural gas from Russia’s Irkutsk Oil Company (IOC) in Eastern Siberia into ammonia for transportation to Japan, moved up a gear on Wednesday.

Tessenderlo Kerley International to build new ammonium thiophosphate plant in the Netherlands

By Erica Sesay 28-Jun-21 15:48 LONDON (ICIS)--Belgium-based fertilizers producer Tessenderlo Kerley International has announced plans to build a new ammonium thiophosphate liquid fertiliser plant in Geleen, the Netherlands.

Canada EarthRenew undertaking potato field trials to test impact of fertilizers on soil health

By Mark Milam 25-Jun-21 23:21 HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canadian fertilizer company EarthRenew announced it has initiated field trials to evaluate the general effects of its products on the soil microbiome of potato fields in Alberta.

World's first dynamic green ammonia demo plant in Denmark gets funding boost

By Richard Ewing 25-Jun-21 16:15 LONDON (ICIS)--Plans for the world's first industrial dynamic green ammonia demonstration plant received a boost on Friday after the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) awarded nearly €11m of funding.

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.

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.

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 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.

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).

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.