TOPIC PAGE: Sustainability in the fertilizers industry
Updated on 23 March 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
EU unveils plans to tackle
By Morgan Condon 23-Mar-23 13:39 LONDON (ICIS)–The European Commission has launched a proposal to stamp out greenwashing in a bid to support consumers seeking sustainable alternatives.
India’s IFFCO and
CIL to manufacture nano DAP for three
By Chris Vlachopoulos 20-Mar-23 15:35 LONDON (ICIS)–The Indian Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Bhagwanth Khuba, has confirmed that Fertilizer cooperative IFFCO and Coromandel International Ltd (CIL) will manufacture nano diammonium phosphate (DAP) for a period of three years.
USDA awards Ostara funds to boost
sustainable phosphate fertilizer
By Chris Vlachopoulos 15-Mar-23 11:48 LONDON (ICIS)–The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Ostara $7.6m as part of its initiative to increase its domestic fertilizer production, with a focus on sustainability and innovation.
Canadian prime minister confirms
fertilizer emission goal is
By Erica Sesay 07-Mar-23 14:26 LONDON (ICIS)–Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau assured farmers this week that the fertilizer emissions reduction target proposed by the government is voluntary, not mandatory.
US fertilizers industry increases
carbon capture in 2021 – TFI
By Erica Sesay 20-Feb-23 17:10 London (ICIS)–The US fertilizers industry captured 31% of all CO2 generated per tonne of nutrient produced in 2021, up from 9% captured in 2013 according to The Fertilizers Institute (TFI’s) 2022 sustainability report.
Indian president calls for reduction in
chemical fertilizer use
By Erica Sesay 13-Feb-23 11:54 LONDON (ICIS)–Indian president Droupadi Murmu has called for a reduction in chemical fertilisers use in order to protect the country’s soil health.
IFFCO plans to export nano urea to 25
By Sylvia Traganida 10-Feb-23 16:06 LONDON (ICIS)–Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) is planning to export nano urea to 25 countries and expects its output to reach 300m bottles by December 2024, according to local media reports.
Amman selects Elessent Clean
Technologies for Indonesia sulphuric acid
By Mark Milam 08-Feb-23 21:46 HOUSTON (ICIS)–Indonesian mining company Amman Mineral Industri (AMIN) has selected Elessent Clean Technologies to provide the process technology for the new smelter off-gas sulphuric acid plant equipped with wet gas scrubbing technology that it will construct in Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia.
forms clean ammonia consultative body with RWE
and Mitsubishi Corporation
By Mark Milam 08-Feb-23 23:32 HOUSTON (ICIS)–Lotte Chemical announced it has formed a clean ammonia global consultative body with RWE, a German energy company, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation, with a goal to cooperate and jointly develop a large-scale clean ammonia production and supply chain in Asia, Europe and US.
specialty fertilizer demand growth led by north
By Sylvia Traganida 08-Feb-23 10:19 LONDON (ICIS)–Global demand for specialty fertilizers has grown by 5.7-6.7% in 2020-2021, according to the International Fertilizer Association (IFA).
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
Germany misses climate target despite lower energy consumption
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.
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.
PREVIOUS NEWS HEADLINES
TFI reacts to US Congress passing the Water Resources Development ActHelm becomes a shareholder in UK bio-fertilizer company Unium Bioscience
Yara inks deal to deliver fossil-free green fertilizers to Argentina
Canadian firms plan fuel cell generator pilot using green ammonia
Deepak Fertilizers awards contract to reduce emissions, increase productivity
Saudi Aramco launches $1.5bn sustainability fund to support net zero ambition
CF Industries and ExxonMobil plan CCS project in Louisiana
Canada’s plan to cut fertilizer emissions is voluntary – minister
Canada’s fertilizer emission goal raises food production concerns
Uniper, Vesta to cooperate on renewable ammonia site in the Netherlands
German Uniper to work with Japan’s JERA on US clean ammonia projects
ADNOC ships first cargo of low-carbon ammonia to Germany
US Mosaic and BioConsortia expand collaboration to microbial biostimulant
IMO deems Mediterranean Sea area for sulphur oxides emissions control
Canada’s Soilgenic launches new enhanced efficiency fertilizers technology for retail
Austria’s Borealis aims to produce 1.8m tonnes/year of circular products by 2030
European Parliament rejects proposed carbon market reform
IFA ’22: southern Africa looks to bio-fertilizer as cheaper, sustainable option
IFA ’22: Indian farmers will struggle to embrace specialty fertilizers – producer
Canadian Nutrien plans to build world’s largest clean ammonia facility in Louisiana
Japan’s JGC Holdings awards green ammonia plant contract to KBR
Bayer to partner with Ginkgo to produce sustainable fertilizers
Australia Orica and H2U Group partner on Gladstone green ammonia project
Canada sets tax credit of up to 60% for carbon capture projects
UK delays urea restrictions to support farmers as fertilizer costs at record high
EU states agree to back carbon border tax
Yara to develop novel green fertilizer from recycled nutrients
USDA announces plans for $250m grant programme to support American-made fertilizer
Canada seeks guidance to achieve fertilizer emissions target
Fertilizer titan Pupuk Indonesia develops hydrogen/blue ammonia business
launches green hydrogen/ammonia policy, targets
Canada AmmPower to develop green hydrogen and ammonia facility in Louisiana
US DOE awards grant to project to recover rare earth elements from phosphate production
Fertiglobe, Masdar, Engie to develop green hydrogen for ammonia production
Czech Republic’s Spolana enhances granular AS production
India’s Reliance to invest $80bn in green energy projects
Yara, Sweden’s Lantmannen aim to commercialise green ammonia by 2023
Novatek and Uniper target Russia to Germany blue-ammonia supply chain
Fertz giant Yara goes green with electrification of Norwegian factoryCanada
Arianne Phosphate exploring use of phosphate for hydrogen technology
FAO and IFA renew MoU to promote sustainable fertilizer use
Sumitomo Chemical, Yara to explore clean ammonia collaboration
Sri Lanka revokes ban on imports
Tokyo scientists convert bioplastic into nitrogen fertilizer
Aramco plans Saudi green hydrogen, ammonia project
China announces action plan for carbon peaking & neutrality
Saudi Aramco targets net zero emissions from operations by 2050
Fertiglobe goes green with Red Sea zero-carbon ammonia pro
Australian fertilizer major Incitec Pivot teams up for green ammonia study
INTERVIEW: BASF to scale up new decarbonisation tech in second half of decade – CEO
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%
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
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