Our planet performance

We aim to become climate-neutral and nature-positive by 2050. Decarbonizing our own operations is critical, but we also want to contribute to reducing emissions and impacts on nature from farmers, other customers, and in other sectors. Precision farming technology, regenerative agriculture and enabling the hydrogen economy are key focus areas for Yara.

17.5 Mt CO2e

GHG Emissions scope 1+2

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3 t CO2e /t N

GHG Emissions intensity

33.4 GJ/t NH3

Energy efficiency

How we work

Climate change and nature loss are major global challenges and serious threats to food security in many parts of the world. The quest to decarbonize food has long been underway, but efforts are stepping up, driven by new regulation and consumer demand. Our contribution is twofold: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and nature impact from our own operations, and developing new, sustainable solutions for farmers, food companies, heavy industry and transportation.

As almost 90% of Yara’s energy consumption is related to the production of ammonia, the key component in our fertilizers, we focus on optimizing the energy efficiency and intensity of our ammonia units to reduce GHG emissions. We do this by setting specific energy and GHG reduction targets for each plant, benchmarking our performance, and carrying out energy efficiency diagnostics and audits that result in systematic improvement actions. We are also well positioned to lead the development of clean ammonia as a means to decarbonize crop production, and the shipping and power sectors.

Yara aims to support agriculture in its transformation to become climate-neutral and nature-positive. We do this by developing and facilitating sustainable farming practices that impact positively on crop and soil quality, increase nutrient and water use efficiency, and reduce GHG emissions from agricultural soils.

We recognize the urgent nature of the climate crisis, and we are positioning Yara to play an important role in driving change and value creation for the future. We will expand our knowledge sharing to create a measurable, positive global impact in order to help feed the world and contribute to a responsible food system while protecting nature, reducing emissions, and improving livelihoods. Our new ambition of ‘Growing a Nature-Positive Food Future’ entails a commitment to helping stall the new cultivation of natural land while protecting precious water, soil, health and biodiversity.

How we performed in 2021

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Yara KPI

Measure 2021 2025 Target

Energy efficiency*

GJ/t NH3 33.4 32.7

GHG emissions, intensity

t CO2e /t N 3.0 2.7
GHG emissions, scope 1+2** Mt CO2e 17.5 13.0
Active hectares*** MHa 8.2 150
Carbon marketplace     Tbd

* Energy efficiency target is for 2023
** GHG absolute emissions scope 1+2 target is a 30% reduction by 2030 from a 2019 baseline
*** Cropland with digital farming user activity within defined frequency parameters

Our material topics

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Reaping the benefits of implementing low-carbon and other environmental technologies in our operations and in our offerings.
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Climate change
Mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change by increasing our resilience.

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Facilitating and supporting sustainable farming practices that impact positively on crop quality, GHG emissions, soil quality and water use efficiency.
Renewable Energy Energy
Improve energy efficiency and intensity, and define the company position on sourcing of renewable energy.
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Protecting clean water and minimizing water stress by using water and managing discharges efficiently.
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Protecting fresh air and preventing ambient air pollution by
mitigating emissions to air.
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Moving towards CircularEconomy by using materials efficiently and improving waste management by prioritizing recycling and circularity and developing technologies to enable it.
Protection of ecosystems
Supporting the health of ecosystems by preventing deforestation and loss of nature and species, and by preserving soil andwater quality.

Read more in Yara's 2021 Sustainability report