Yara and sustainability

Key environmental initiatives 2011

environmental initiatives

N2O catalyst

Yara's catalyst technology can reduce emissions of N2O – which has 298 times the effect of CO2 on climate change – from nitric acid production by up to 90 percent. It does so by breaking down N2O into harmless nitrogen and oxygen in the first stage of a nitric acid plant. Building on over 15 years of research and a NOK 200 million investment, the catalyst technology has made a significant impact on GHG emissions from nitric acid production, both within Yara and in the industry as a whole. Please see N20 Catalyst for more information.

Pepsico/Yara Partnership

Yara has a joint project with Pepsico, aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of Pepsico’s Tropicana orange juice brand. Yara brings its low-carbon fertilizer and expertise in plant nutrition into the five-year trial project, which eventually could reduce the carbon footprint of Tropicana orange juice by up to 20 percent, while increasing growers' profitability. Please see the Pepsico/Yara Partnership for more information.   

Industrial Products

In 2011, Yara’s sales of its Air1 solution for reducing NOx emissions from heavy-duty vehicles increased strongly. By the use of Yara’s NOx abatement products, an estimated  amount of 721,500 tons of NOx was cleansed in 2011 from our customers' applications. Based on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technologies, the Air1 solution converts harmful NOx emissions from combustion into harmless nitrogen and water. Yara also offers a similar solution, NOxCare, for stationary applications and vessels. Please see Industrial Products for more information. 

Carbon Footprint Guarantee

In 2010, Yara unveiled the market’s first fertilizers with a Carbon Footprint Guarantee, contributing to climate-smart agriculture and climate change mitigation, helping the agricultural sector to minimize GHG emissions from farming. Please see the Carbon Footprint Guarantee for more information.     

Environment and Climate Compatible Agriculture Growth

Yara, Syngenta, the Norwegian Univeristy of Life Sciences and the Tanzanian University Sokoine have collaborated through 2011 in the project “Environment and Climate Compatible Agriculture (ECCAg). Lanched in 2010, the project aims to provide scientific documentation on the effects of introducing modern, best practice farming.  Initial results from trials in 2011 indicate strong yield increases and better farming profits, without increasing GHG emissions

GRI Reporting 

See the Environmental performance indicators.

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