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Health, environment and safety 2010

A strong track record places Yara among the industry leaders with respect to health, environmental and safety performance. Yara believes every accident is preventable. This is the basis for a focused safety program within the company. Similarly, environmental challenges, particularly those relating to greenhouse gas emissions, are key elements of Yara’s activities in the field of health, environment and safety.

In 2010, Yara achieved an LTI rate (lost-time injuries per million hours worked) of 1.6 for employees and contractors combined, up from 1.5 in 2009. The accident rate is a third of the average LTI rate for European fertilizer producers. The TRI rate (total recordable injuries per million hours worked) for Yara employees and contractors combined was 3.8. The TRI rate includes lost-time injuries, restricted work cases where the employee was allowed to carry out work that was different from his or her normal duties, and medical treatment cases.

Absence due to sickness at Yara’s production plants was 3.5 percent in 2010, down from 4.3 percent in 2009. Joint venture companies are included in the statistics, in cases where Yara has operational responsibility. In 2010, the performance of the JV company Lifeco in Libya has been included for the first time.

LTI rate

LTI rate View graph

GHG emissions

GHG emissions View graph

Yara experienced three fatal accidents in 2010. At Lifeco, an explosion occurred in a heat exchanger during the turnaround of an ammonia plant, resulting in the loss of two contractors’ lives. A supervisor was hit by a truck and died at a feed phosphate plant in South Africa, while in Ghana a contractor died from electrocution at a Yara downstream warehouse.

Yara recognizes the severity of such incidents and that they should not occur. The company has strengthened its skills and training requirements for operators, engineers and leaders. Yara is also continuing to implement BBS (Behavior-Based Safety) in newly acquired plants and has introduced regular Toolbox meetings for shifts and teams that focus purely on safety. We have strengthened the follow-up processes for the safety performance in our downstream, and expect that these initiatives will bring us closer to our ambition of eliminating accidents.

Carbon footprint

In response to climate change, Yara continues to reduce its carbon footprint. The company’s total GHG emissions are now reduced by 45 percent compared to 2004, adjusting for plants acquired and closed since that time, reaching the 2013 target ahead of time. Most of Yara’s nitric acid plants are covered by the EU ETS (Emission Trading System) or by the UN Joint Implementation Mechanism.

In 2010, Yara became the first fertilizer company to launch a campaign focusing on the carbon footprint of its products. The campaign, which has been focused on the Nordic region, supports the need of the Swedish food industry to meet local requirements for climate branding of food products.

Yara’s total energy consumption in production in 2010 was 223 million GJ. This is a seven percent increase from 2009. However, energy consumption per ton of finished product decreased by four percent from 2009 to 2010.

Environmental requirements, issues

Yara’s operations are subject to many environmental requirements under the laws and regulations of the various jurisdictions in which the company conducts its business. Such laws and regulations govern, among other matters, air emissions, wastewater discharges, solid and hazardous waste management, product labeling, transportation of hazardous materials and remediation of past activities. Yara has successfully completed the registration of substances under the REACH Regulation (registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals), and is now revising the packaging and labeling for compliance with national and international requirements.

In 2010, no material legal claim was made against Yara regarding environmental issues.

Yara has a number of facilities that have been operated for long periods of time. Subsurface impact to soil and groundwater and other conditions are common to such sites. They may require remediation or generate liabilities under the laws of the jurisdictions in which the facilities are located. Yara examines such impacts where they are apparent and executes remediation or containment procedures, in coordination with the appropriate authorities. Provisions of NOK 181 million have been made for other clean-up activities of former activities on several locations, of which NOK 63 million were allocated in 2010. 

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