Yara and sustainability

Environmental management approach 2011

Management Approach

This year, Yara has reported fully on 19 Environmental points and partially on 7. The Ethics and Compliance department has worked with HESQ to define which questions are most material and how best to respond to the indicators to correctly follow the GRI Guidelines.

Yara uses the principles given in the Operational guidelines for the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment standards when assessing the potential impact of its emissions into the environment.
The air emission data is combined to characterize acidifying releases to the air, given in tons of SO2-equivalent by using the following generic acidification potential factors:

SO2 to air: 1
NOx to air: 0.7
NH3 to air: 1.88
F to air: 1.689

The main impact caused by nitrogen and phosphorus emissions into water is eutrophication.  Thus the water and air emission data is combined to characterize their eutrophication potential, given in tons of PO4-equivalent by using the following factors:

N to water: 0.42
P to water: 3.06
NOx to air: 0.13
NH3 to air: 0.35

Emissions per production are calculated by using the total amount of finished products produced by the sites in the scope of the environmental report.  That amount was 15,9 million tons in 2011, not including Yara’s share of production in equity-accounted investees, since neither their energy nor emissions are included

Goals and Performance

For a full list of our performance, please see our Environmental performance on the GRI index

On climate change, Yara continues to reduce its carbon footprint. Yara’s goal is to be an industry leader in the industry on lowest greenhouse gas emissions, with emphasis on energy-efficient operations and the development and use of technology and services for reducing emissions in production and application of products. Yara reached its 2013 target for GHG emissions in 2010, well ahead of time, recording a 45% reduction between 2004 and 2010 after adjusting for plants acquired and closed within the period. The level was still further improved in 2011. Future targets are currently being reviewed as a part of the Yara sustainability strategy.


Yara’s environmental policy is to manage its businesses, in a life cycle perspective. Yara contributes to eco-efficiency by continuously improving energy consumption and reducing emissions, discharges and waste. Where waste is generated, it will be handled and disposed of safely and responsibly. Yara strives to design products and develop product applications to have the minimum adverse effect on the environment throughout their life.

See Yara's Environmental Policy 

Organizational Responsibility

The Head of HESQ has organizational responsibility for the environmental reporting.

Monitoring and follow-up

Yara’s Board of Directors is informed about pertinent safety, health, environmental and product stewardship issues and will ensure that policies and steering documents are in place and actions taken to achieve its goals. Management in each business area is responsible for educating, training and motivating employees to understand and comply with Yara’s environmental policy.
Management systems have been set up to monitor and support this work throughout the organization.
See the list of production sites’ certified ISO 14001 management systems.

All Yara product and services related to the supply of fertilizers and chemicals are regulated by national and internal codes. Yara's production sites are certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety Management). See the table below.

Plant ISO 9001 ISO 14001 OHSAS 18001
Siilinjärvi x x x
Kokkola x x x
Uusikaupunki x x x
Harjavalta x x x
Glomfjord x x x
Porsgrunn x x x
Köping x x x
Brunsbüttel x x x
Rostock x x x
Sluiskil x x x
Tertre x x x
Ambès x x x
Le Havre x x x
Montoir x x x
Pardies x x x
Ferrara x x In progress
Ravenna x x In progress
Belle Plaine In progress In progress In progress
Trinidad x x x
Rio Grande x x x

Boundary of Environmental report (Countries, divisions, subsidiaries, leased facilities, joint ventures, suppliers)

Consolidated data within this report covers the reporting year 2011, unless otherwise noted. Readers should take note of the following changes and limitations to the scope and boundaries of the reporting:

• Environmental performance data covers Yara’s 21 major production sites. Individual Health, Safety & Environment fact sheets are available for each plant in the Sustainability section on Yara’s web site.

• Environmental impacts from transportation and distribution have not been included, as is also the case with staff functions, wholesalers, agents, joint ventures and associated companies.

• Safety performance data covers all Yara employees and contractors’ employees working for Yara.

• Sick leave covers employees at Yara’s production sites.

• Joint ventures are included where Yara has operational responsibility. For the 2011 report, this includes the Yara’s joint venture in Trinidad. Yara’s joint venture in Libya, Lifeco, has not been included because of the plant shutdown due to the civil war in 2011. 

Click here to see our Environmental performance indicator points

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