Impact reporting 2015

Environmental management approach

Yara has a leading position in its industry on greenhouse gas emissions and climate smart agriculture, providing a competitive edge in a society dedicated to reducing emissions. Today, agriculture causes about one quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Manufacturing of mineral fertilizers contributes to GHG emissions.

Due to achievements in reducing GHG emissions, Yara can offer low-carbon fertilizers. Using Yara’s fertilizers and best farming practices, the carbon footprint from crop production can be significantly reduced while maintaining yields.

Key achievements related to material environmental aspects:


Environmental aspect



Climate change 

Improve energy efficiency at the ammonia plants by improving plant reliability.

Optimize N2O abatement.   

Link Carbon Footprint of fertilizer production to that of agricultural products, to include all emissions and mitigation up to the harvested crop. 

Yara's total GHG emissions from production plants have been halved with the help of the N2O abatement technology. See indicator G4-EN15.

Yara calculated carbon footprint for its key products and contributed to the development of the Cool Farm tool to provide a carbon footprint calculation tool to farmers. See indicator G4-EN18.


Improve energy efficiency at the ammonia plants by improving plant reliability. 

Yara’s ammonia plants performed better than ammonia plants in average. See indicator G4-EN5.

Environmental stewardship and process safety 

Focus on NOx reduction through renewal and improvement of specific DeNOx installations.

Target of zero major process safety accidents.

Cover all Yara non-European units with Product Stewardship program.

Become a global market leader for emissions abatement for NOx, SOx and other relevant pollutants in selected markets and segments.

Planned DeNOx revamps and new installations were made, but due to higher production amounts, new acquisitions and some operational issues the total NOx emission was raised. See indicator G4-EN21.

During 2015 there was one fire case with economic loss, but no personal injuries or environmental impacts.  See indicator G4-LA6.

Thirteen Yara units have received the IFA Protect & Sustain certificate,  ten of them reaching the highest “Excellence” level. See Social subcategory “Product Responsibility”.

Total NOx abatement by Yara customers exceeded  1.4 million tonnes in 2015 compared to 1.1 million tonnes in 2014. See aspect Emissions.

Sharing Knowledge 

Improve further crop nutrition management with respect to crop and site-specific water availability. 

Ensure compliance and continuous development along the CEO Water mandate commitment.

Yara engaged in numerous partnerships, initiatives and stakeholder dialogues to promote agricultural water productivity and  Climate Smart Agriculture. See the Global Engagement section of the Impact Review 2015. 

The first Yara CEO Water mandate report was disclosed in 2015. 

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 the 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. All Yara products and services related to the supply of fertilizers and chemicals are regulated by national and internal codes.

Yara's production sites are to a large extent certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety Management) and Fertilizer Product Stewardship systems (see the Compliance aspect). 

The Head of HESQ has organizational responsibility for environmental reporting.

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