December 07, 2015
A quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to agriculture. It is therefore important to recognize the huge potential for reducing these emissions through better land use and more sustainable intensification of farming.
From Paris, Yara’s President and CEO Svein Tore Holsether, confirms the company’s commitment to support farmers and the food industry in achieving the ambitious goals set by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development on December 1, aiming to produce 50 percent more food whilst reducing agricultural and land-use change emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030.
“To avoid land degradation and stop deforestation, we have to increase yields on current farmland through improved farming practices and sustainable use of crop nutrition. We support increased transparency on GHG emissions across the entire food value chain as we strive to meet our obligation to ending hunger through sustainable agriculture,” says Yara CEO Svein Tore Holsether.
Since 2004, Yara has halved its own GHG emissions related to production and is committed to developing new technologies that limit emissions. At the same time, we foster partnerships to promote climate smart solutions across the entire food value chain.
As a global leader in crop nutrition products and solutions, Yara supplies customers and farmers in some 150 countries around the world, while fostering knowledge sharing to promote sustainable food production. At the UN Summit in October, Yara pledged its commitment to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), in particular to contributing to the SDG’s related to eradicating hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.
“We take our role and responsibility as an industry leader seriously and consider the climate issue a compulsory driver for strategy for private companies going forward. We believe that only through collaborative action between the private and the public sector it is possible to speed up the transformation needed to combat climate change, while securing enough food for a growing global population,” says Yara’s CEO Svein Tore Holsether.