To understand the overall impact of fertilisers on the environment, we need to conduct a life-cycle analysis, which measures emission and absorption rates of greenhouse gasses at every stage of a fertiliser’s ‘life’. This will help determine the carbon footprint and show how it can be minimized.
In production, transportation and use, fertiliser products generate greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O).
90% less N2O from production
The use of catalyst technology developed by Yara for use in fertiliser production can reduce N2O emissions by as much as 90%. This technology has since been shared with the rest of the industry. Today, the technology forms part of the 'Best Available Techniques' (BAT) for fertiliser production as defined by the European Union.
Yara's commitment to reduce climate change
Can you responsibly feed the world and reduce CO2 emissions?
Without mineral fertiliser, the world could only feed 40% of its population. But to make mineral fertiliser you need to rely on fossil fuels to generate the required production energy, resulting in CO2 emissions.
That’s why Yara is working on alternatives like Green Ammonia. A breakthrough that will provide the level of fertiliser production required to responsibly feed the world, while at the same time reduce CO2 emissions.
With growing investments in wind, solar and hydrogen, Yara is currently running production pilots using renewable CO2-free energy sources to produce Green Ammonia. Yara is targeting to make Green Ammonia a proven production method within the next few years. Another advantage of Green Ammonia is that it can also be used to store and transport carbon-free energy for power plants, industrial furnaces and as fuel for mobility, thus providing a more sustainable resource for use by manufacturing, energy and transportation industries.
Green Ammonia provides us with the prospect of a cleaner future for energy-intensive production and storage methods. Effectively reducing our dependence on fossil fuels while moving towards a low-carbon society.
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