Yara and sustainability

Carbon Footprint of Yara Fertilizers

Yara has taken major steps to reduce its carbon footprint – and to help agriculture do the same. Using our proven low-carbon fertilizers and best farming practices, the carbon footprint from crop production can be significantly reduced while maintaining yields.
carbon footprint of Yara Fertilizers


Connecting the issues of food security and climate change is a key approach when responding to global environmental issues. A major global challenge is to create green growth in a low-carbon economy, with a reduced carbon footprint. Today, agriculture causes about one quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with land use change originating from agricultural expansion being the main culprit. The manufacturing of mineral fertilizers contributes to GHG emissions, but they are also vital in limiting the need to expand farmland.

Carbon Footprint of Yara fertilizers

The Carbon Footprint of Yara Fertilizers is calculated using the industry standard methodology developed by Fertilizers Europe.

The calculation includes direct and indirect emissions from all materials directly related to the production of the specific fertilizer product, from production of raw materials and energy to the final product storage at the production site. Further, the calculations include estimated emissions from purchased energy and indirect emissions resulting from the production and transportation of raw materials. All emissions with global warming potential are included.

Carbon footprint calculation of Yara fertilizers

Yara’s carbon footprint calculation for main fertilizer products from its Nordic and Central European plants has been verified by a third party.

Download the Yara Carbon Footprint verification statement (PDF, 294KB)

Cool Farm Tool

Yara works with the Cool Farm Alliance to enable growers globally to make more informed on-farm decisions that reduce their environmental impact. The alliance provides the Cool Farm Tool as a quantified decision support tool that is credible and standardized.

By using the Cool Farm Tool, farmers can calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the various farming operations. Based on that growers can optimize the management of the farm operations to reduce emissions.The benefits can be measured both in terms of sustainability and productivity.

Visit the Cool Farm Tool website to know more about the system.

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