TOPIC PAGE: Sustainability in the fertilizers industry
Updated on 25 January with the latest 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
BASF and Cargill
extend enzymes business and distribution to
By Morgan Condon 25-Jan-23 12:59 LONDON (ICIS)–BASF and Cargill are expanding their partnership by rolling out their enzyme solutions to animal protein producers in the US, the German major announced on Wednesday.
Saudi Aramco awards sulphur facilities
overhaul contract to Technip
By Erica Sesay 24-Jan-23 12:50 LONDON (ICIS)–Saudi Aramco has awarded a contract to engineering firm Technip Energies to upgrade the sulphur recovery facilities at its Riyadh refinery, Technip announced on Tuesday.
The contract covers improving the performance of the existing three sulphur recovery units to comply with more stringent regulations for sulphur dioxide emissions, with recovery efficiency at more than 99.9%.
India sets green
hydrogen targets for shipping, oil & gas,
By Priya Jestin 16-Jan-23 09:42 MUMBAI (ICIS)–As part of its aim to achieve its net zero carbon emission goal by 2070, the Indian government has released a blueprint for its National Green Hydrogen Mission which has set consumption targets for various industries, including the oil and gas and fertilizer industrie
By Stefan Baumgarten 06-Jan-23 16:00 LONDON (ICIS)–Germany missed its 2022 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction target despite declining energy consumption and an increase in the use of renewables, according to a study this week.
TFI reacts to US Congress passing the
Water Resources Development
By Mark Milam 19-Dec-22 22:00 HOUSTON (ICIS)–The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) said it applauds the US Congress for passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022, a key piece of legislation related to the nation’s water infrastructure.
Helm becomes a
shareholder in UK bio-fertilizer company Unium
By Sylvia Traganida 13-Dec-22 14:19 LONDON (ICIS)–German fertilizers trader and producer Helm has agreed to acquire an undisclosed share in UK bio-fertilizer company Unium Bioscience.
Yara inks deal to
deliver fossil-free green fertilizers to
By Sylvia Traganida 02-Dec-22 13:49 LONDON (ICIS)–Yara has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with El Parque Papas to deliver green fertilizers to Argentina in 2023, the Norwegian fertilizer major said.
plan fuel cell generator pilot using green
By Stefan Baumgarten 22-Nov-22 14:40 TORONTO (ICIS)–Canadian firms AmmPower and Alkaline Fuel Cell Power (“PWWR”) have signed a non-binding letter of intent to form a joint venture for a fuel cell generator pilot project running on green ammonia, officials said on Tuesday.
Deepak Fertilizers awards contract to
reduce emissions, increase
By Erica Sesay 08-Nov-22 11:54 LONDON (ICIS)–India’s Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals Corporation (DFPCL) has awarded a contract to engineering firm KBR to help three of its plants achieve lower emissions and higher production capacity, KBR announced.
Saudi Aramco launches $1.5bn
sustainability fund to support net zero
By Nurluqman Suratman 27-Oct-22 04:06 SINGAPORE (ICIS)–Saudi Aramco is creating a $1.5bn sustainability fund to invest in technologies to support its announced net-zero ambition by 2050 as well as the development of new lower-carbon fuels, the oil giant said late on Wednesday.
CF Industries and
ExxonMobil plan CCS project in
By Stefan Baumgarten 12-Oct-22 20:30 HOUSTON (ICIS)–US fertilizer company CF Industries has entered an agreement with ExxonMobil to capture and permanently store up to 2m tonnes/year of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its manufacturing complex in Louisiana, officials said on Wednesday.
Canada’s plan to
cut fertilizer emissions is voluntary –
By Stefan Baumgarten 19-Aug-22 16:02 TORONTO (ICIS)–The Canadian federal government’s target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fertilizers is voluntary, not mandatory, agricultural minister Marie Claude Bibeau said.
Canada’s fertilizer emission goal
raises food production
By Erica Sesay 16-Aug-22 15:38 LONDON (ICIS)–Canada’s emission lowering goal has raised some concerns in the agriculture sector about a possible reduction in the country’s future crop yields.
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.
In March 2022, DEFRA announced that it had delayed introducing restrictions on the use of urea by at least a year to support farmers with fertilizer availability and keep their costs down
Should DEFRA decide to restrict the use of urea in the future, growers would be left with just ammonium nitrate-based fertilizers.
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