Carbon Footprint Guarantee
Yara has taken major steps to reduce its carbon footprint – and to help agriculture do the same. We offer a Carbon Footprint Guarantee for fertilizer produced with low GHG emission.
Production, processing and distribution of food contribute directly and indirectly to emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). An important part of this carbon footprint derives from the production, transportation and use of mineral fertilizers. At the same time, fertilizers are vital to global food security. They enhance agricultural productivity, helping to avoid greenhouse gas emissions from land use change.
Yara launched the world’s first carbon footprint certificates for mineral fertilizers in 2010, helping farmers to minimize their GHG emissions. Using our proven low-carbon fertilizers and best practice application tools, the carbon footprint from crop production can be halved or more while maintaining yields. The guarantee is that the GHG emissions are below 3.6 kg CO2-equivalents per kilo nitrogen sold. This is in accordance with regulations for the Swedish Climate Certification for food, an initiative supported by Yara.
Life-cycle analysis of fertilizers allows for a better understanding of the overall carbon balance. Yara shares information on carbon life-cycle of fertilizers to enable farmers and other stakeholders in agriculture to make decisions based on environmental considerations. We have pinpointed emission hotspots by the use of life cycle assessments, and have made significant investments in catalyst technology to reduce N2O emissions from the production of nitric acid. In 2010 we established our own GHG laboratory, investigating nutrient management options for minimizing N2O emissions from fertilized soils.
Yara’s low-carbon fertilizers can allow for the crop’s footprint to be measured. Using Yara’s proven low-carbon footprint fertilizers and best practice application tools, the carbon footprint associated with the use of fertilizers for food production can be decreased by more than 50 percent while saving land and maintaining yields.