TOPIC PAGE: Sustainability in the fertilizers industry

Author: Erica Sesay


Updated on 23 November 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.


OCI and Navigator strike CO2 transportation and storage deal in Iowa
By Richard Ewing 29-11-21 LONDON (ICIS)--Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFCo) facility has teamed up with Navigator CO2 Ventures to provide CO2 transportation and storage services on the latter’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) system, the Heartland Greenway, IFCo's Dutch parent OCI disclosed on Monday.

Fertz major Yara launches world's first electric and self-propelled container ship
By Richard Ewing 19-11-21 LONDON (ICIS)--The world's first electric and self-propelled container ship – Yara Birkeland – on Friday made its maiden voyage in the Oslo fjord, Norwegian fertilizer major Yara announced.

Australia's Woodside secures site for green ammonia/hydrogen project

By Richard Ewing 12-Nov-21 12:11 LONDON (ICIS)--Australia's Woodside said Friday it had secured land for its proposed H2TAS hydrogen plant, as the energy producer looks to develop large-scale production of green (renewable) hydrogen and ammonia.

Australia's Fortescue to convert offshore vessel to run on green ammonia

By Richard Ewing 11-Nov-21 12:50 LONDON (ICIS)--Australia's Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) on Thursday announced that a high-tech vessel powered almost completely by green ammonia will hit the water in 2022.

Sri Lanka develops nano-fertilizers

By Erica Sesay 09-Nov-21 15:09 LONDON (ICIS)--The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) has introduced homegrown nano-fertilizers to the market with the aim of uplifting the local agriculture industry.

Trio target green ammonia exports from Australian hydrogen hubs

By Richard Ewing 05-Nov-21 13:14 LONDON (ICIS)--Australia fertilizer manufacturer Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL) on Friday teamed up with two Singapore-based firms to investigate the feasibility of producing carbon-free green ammonia in two states for export.

Trio target green ammonia exports from Australian hydrogen hubs

By Richard Ewing 05-Nov-21 13:14 LONDON (ICIS)--Australia fertilizer manufacturer Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL) on Friday teamed up with two Singapore-based firms to investigate the feasibility of producing carbon-free green ammonia in two states for export.

Sri Lanka encourages transition to organic fertilizer at COP 26

By Erica Sesay 02-Nov-21 13:07 LONDON (ICIS)--The president of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, encouraged a move to organic fertilizers on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, Scotland, the government’s official news portal reported on Tuesday.

Tokyo scientists convert bioplastic into nitrogen fertilizer
By Erica Sesay 01-Nov-21 11:55 LONDON (ICIS)--A team of scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) has developed a process to convert bio-based plastics into nitrogen fertilizer.

Aramco plans Saudi green hydrogen, ammonia project
By Tom Brown 27-Oct-21 12:38 LONDON (ICIS)--Saudi Aramco is planning to develop a new green hydrogen and ammonia production unit in Saudi Arabia, the oil and gas major said on Wednesday.


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.


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.


China announces action plan for carbon peaking & neutrality

Saudi Aramco targets net zero emissions from operations by 2050

BLOG: China provides major climate hope as latest IEA report underlines that it is all about the developing world

Fertiglobe goes green with Red Sea zero-carbon ammonia pro

Australian fertilizer major Incitec Pivot teams up for green ammonia study

Yara partners up to explore clean ammonia bunkering and distribution in Japan

Fertilizer Canada concerned cutting fertilizers to meet emissions target could impact farmers

Yara and Kyushu Electric Power explore clean ammonia collaboration in Japan

INTERVIEW: BASF to scale up new decarbonisation tech in second half of decade - CEO

Australian Minbos Resources completes bulk sample from Cabinda Phosphate project

India asks fertilizer companies to speed up production of nano DAP

Japan's Itochu set to receive first cargo of blue ammonia for fertilizer use

Norway's Yara acquires recycled fertilizers maker Ecolan

Bayer Funds US start-up aims to cut nitrogen fertilizer use by 30%

ADNOC concludes fresh sale of blue ammonia from the UAE to Japan

Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies selects St Louis for new Crystal Green fertilizer facility

India to launch $1.35tr infra plan, enhance green hydrogen output

Norway Yara partners with Aker, Statkraft to launch green ammonia firm

Blue and green ammonia to advance rapidly

BP: Green ammonia production in Australia feasible, but needs huge investment

Origin and MOL explore shipping green ammonia from Australia

India’s IFFCO seeks to export nano urea fertilizer

Sri Lanka reinstates ban on import of chemical fertilizers

Canadian Progressive Planet to process Australian producer Fertoz’s phosphate products

Pupuk Indonesia signs deal to explore hydrogen, clean energy supply

Japan's Itochu buys first cargoes of blue ammonia from the UAE

Canada not on track to meet climate targets-institute

INSIGHT: Canadian fertilizer major Nutrien talks blue and green ammonia

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

Green ammonia mega project announced for Australia

ADNOC joins Hydrogen Council amid blue ammonia drive

INSIGHT: Fertilizer industry will be hit by EU carbon charge proposals, not petchems

Plans for blue ammonia chain between Siberia and Japan accelerate

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

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

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

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

Micro-irrigation initiatives to boost specialty fertilizer demand in India

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

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

Yara launches Agoro Carbon to help farmers decarbonise

OCI Beaumont to decarbonise in blue ammonia drive

Sri Lanka aims to halt chemical fertilizer imports in future

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

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

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

Nutrien to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030