Updated on 24 September.
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 Joseph Chang 22-Sep-21 17:13 NEW YORK (ICIS)--Germany-based BASF aims to scale up two key decarbonisation technologies in the second half of the decade, its CEO said.
By Mark Milam 13-Sep-21 23:40 HOUSTON (ICIS)--Australian fertilizer developer Minbos Resources announced that it has completed a 14-tonne bulk sample, targeting phosphate rock material from the high-grade zone at its Cabinda Phosphate project in Angola.
By Sylvia Traganida 13-Sep-21 17:13 LONDON (ICIS)--The Indian Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has asked local fertilizer producers to start commercial production of nano diammonium phosphate (DAP) within a year to reduce the country's dependence on imports.
By Richard Ewing 02-Sep-21 21:47 LONDON (ICIS)--Japanese trading house Itochu Corp on Thursday announced it is poised to take delivery of the country's first ever imported blue ammonia cargo for use in fertilizer production.
By Nurluqman Suratman SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Yara has acquired Finland-based recycled fertilizers maker Ecolan for undisclosed fee, the Norwegian firm said on Wednesday.
By Erica Sesay 23-Aug-21 12:57 LONDON (ICIS)--Germany’s Bayer and other investors are injecting $45m into an agriculture start-up that says its products can curb global nitrogen fertilizer use.
EU CARBON BORDER ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM (CBAM) EXPLAINED
What is it?
The risk of carbon leakage frustrates the EU’s efforts to meet climate objectives. It occurs when companies transfer production to countries that are less strict on emissions, or when EU products are replaced by more carbon-intensive imports.
This new mechanism would counteract this risk by putting a carbon price on imports of certain goods from outside of the EU.
How will it work?
EU importers will buy carbon certificates corresponding to the carbon price that would have been paid, had the goods been produced under the EU's carbon pricing rules.
Conversely, once a non-EU producer can show that they have already paid a price for the carbon used in the production of the imported goods, the corresponding cost can be fully deducted for the EU importer.
This will help reduce the risk of carbon leakage by encouraging producers in non-EU countries to make their production processes greener.
A reporting system will apply from 2023 with the objective of facilitating a smooth roll out and to facilitate dialogue with non-EU countries. Importers will start paying a financial adjustment in 2026.
How is the fertilizer industry affected?
The fertilizer industry is one of the sectors to fall under the CBAM.
The more energy-intensive nitrogen fertilizers will be affected most in the sector by the mechanism.
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.
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