Yara works systematically to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations. Yara contributes to environmental improvements in agriculture and the transportation and industrial sectors.
Yara works systematically to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations and to contribute to environmental improvements in agriculture and the transportation and industrial sectors. The company has adopted a life cycle approach to products and processes, and through targeted R&D activities Yara is continuously developing knowledge, tools and solutions to improve on-farm use of fertilizers, reducing environmental impact.
The company has made outstanding improvements in reducing N2O (a greenhouse gas, GHG) emissions by more than 90% from our nitric acid plants by utilizing the benefits of Yara’s N2O catalyst technology. The total GHG emissions from all of our production have been reduced by more than 45% compared with a 2004 baseline, and Yara is well positioned to meet the new requirements for nitric acid plants under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The company will continue investments in its ammonia plants, improving energy and cost efficiency as well as reducing emissions.
The acidic emissions from our operations are continuously being reduced. In 2013 no major legal claim was made against Yara regarding environmental issues, except for a fine at Yara Porsgrunn related to dust emissions from unloading activity.
In 2013 Yara’s total energy consumption in production was 263 million GJ. Almost 90% of the energy is consumed in ammonia production. The increase in energy consumption reflects an increase in ammonia and finished production volumes in 2013.
Yara has a number of facilities that have been operated for long periods of time or have been closed. These facilities 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. For 2014 and beyond, accumulated provisions of NOK 169 million have been made for environmental clean-up of former activities in several locations, close to the provision level of NOK 164 million from one year before.