Yara and sustainability

Our opinions

Through our commitments, we are dedicated to sustainable and profitable growth. Sharing knowledge and discussing complex, urgent issues are ways we engage with important global topics.
Yara position papers

Yara has extensive knowledge based on our century-long history, extensive R&D activities and a diverse, global staff.

Based on this expertise, we have developed fact-based viewpoints and positions on major issues being debated today, and on more specific policy processes.

Apart from this list of Yara positions, some key elements are also addressed in our Code of Conduct and Ethical guidelines, as well as in the HESQ policy.

Yara positions about:
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Agriculture and climate:

Agriculture is a major source of greenhouse (GHG) emissions. In 2005 this sector accounted for approximately 12.5 billion tons - or 24 % - of global emissions. High yield agriculture is climate friendly agriculture, and we believe that the agricultural sector has a huge potential for emissions reduction. Download this paper to know more about our position.

Agriculture and climate

(PDF 134KB)

Land use efficiency:

We believe that the needed increase in food production should be achieved by increasing yield on existing farmland to the extent possible - not by cultivating new land - thereby greatly reducing GHG emissions caused by land use change, and protecting biodiversity. Download this paper to know more about our position.

Land use efficiency

(PDF 246KB)

Fertilizer use:

Balanced fertilization is a crucial element in best farming practices, and essential to increased agricultural output. Yara is a proponent of nutrient management systems and tools designed to achieve better fertilizer use efficiency in the agricultural sector. Download this paper to know more about our position.

Fertilizer use

(PDF 210KB)

Genetically modified organism (GMO):

A Genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism that has been altered through genetic engineering techniques. Typical genetically modified crops are soybean, corn and cotton. Download this paper to know more about our position.

GMO - genetically modified organism

(PDF 188KB)


Biofuels is the common term for fuels derived from biomass conversion. The use of biofuels has gained a lot of attention and political support over the last decade, and increased use of biofuels has been championed as one of several initiatives aimed at climate change mitigation. Download this paper to know more about our position.


(PDF 143KB)

Organic farming:

Organic farming commonly features the use of crop rotation, manure, green manure and compost. Organic farming bans the use of most mineral fertilizers and agro-chemicals. Download this paper to know more about our position.

Organic farming

(PDF 229KB)

EU Baltic Sea Region strategy:

The unwanted effects of agricultural activities on the Baltic region’s water systems and climate can be mitigated through best agricultural practices and innovation.  Download this paper to know more about our position.

EU Baltic Sea Region strategy
(PDF 143KB)

Water use efficiency:

Yara believes that good crop nutrition management practices can substantially reduce the impact of food production on the use of freshwater resources. Download this paper to know more about our position.

Water use efficiency

(PDF 99,5KB)

The CAP towards 2020:

The European Commission’s CAP reform provides an opportunity to improve the performance of agriculture. The use of best available farming practices will make European agriculture more competitive and sustainable. Download this paper to know more about our position.

The CAP towards 2020

(PDF 327KB)

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