Low-carbon footprint fertilizers: a game changer

Low-carbon footprint fertilizers are essential for transforming the food value chain and reducing carbon emissions. Yara's premium fertilizers already have a low carbon footprint, but their production currently depends on fossil sources. However, this is about to change. This year, Yara will introduce low-carbon footprint fertilizers that are produced using renewable electricity instead of fossil sources. These fertilizers will be predominantly made from water and air, resulting in a 70-90 percent reduction in carbon footprint compared to same fertilizers made with natural gas.

Aerial shot of farm using low-carbon footprint fertilizers
Aerial shot of farm using low-carbon footprint fertilizers

Yara’s low-carbon footprint fertilizers are an impactful and effortless way to decarbonize food production

Reducing our dependency on fossil sources

Low-carbon footprint fertilizer production research

By transitioning to low-carbon footprint fertilizers produced with renewable electricity, we can reduce our reliance on fossil sources and work towards a food system that is free from their emissions. This shift will strengthen our food system, making it more resilient and less dependent on fossil sources, and bring us closer to a nature-positive food future.

Lowering the climate footprint of our food

Low-carbon footprint fertilizer will reduce carbon footprint in making bread

Switching to low-carbon footprint fertilizers will reduce the carbon footprint of certain crops by between 10 and 30 percent and, for example, by around 20 percent for wheat. This means that low-carbon footprint fertilizers will also have the power to reduce the environmental impact of the food we eat – and give consumers more sustainable food choices. The carbon footprint of many food products can be reduced by between 10 and 20 percent and, for example, by 12 percent for bread.

A climate measure that’s easy to implement

Farmer adopting low-carbon footprint fertilizer in his farming practice

Yara's low-carbon footprint fertilizers are the same as our nitrate-based mineral fertilizers, but with a significantly lower impact on the environment. This means that farmers can achieve the same crop quality and yield without making any changes to their farming practices. Moreover, low-carbon footprint fertilizers will help food companies in reducing their carbon footprint and fulfilling their climate commitments without needing to make any changes to their supply chains or operations.

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Climate change collaboration is crucial

According to the IPCC report, the situation is critical for humanity. Decarbonization is our only path forward if we want a future.

To address the significant greenhouse emissions from the food system and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, low-carbon footprint fertilizers are essential. They are also an important step to achieve our mission to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet. Additionally, Yara provides crop nutrition solutions, precision farming, and digital tools to help farmers optimize yields, cultivate healthier crops, protect the soil, and reduce their carbon footprint. However, this task requires collective effort. All participants in the food chain must collaborate to achieve a sustainable food system.

Read about some of our partnerships below.

Walter Hernandez of El Parque Papas and Yara representative walking on field Walter Hernandez of El Parque Papas and Yara representative walking on field

Turning potato chips climate friendly in Argentina

El Parque Papas is the biggest singular potato farmer in Argentina, led by Walter Hernández, a famous racing car champion. He is now the first farmer in the world to commit to buying low-carbon footprint fertilizer directly from Yara. His company supplies 14,000 metric tons of potatoes every year to the Argentinian potato industry, including production of some of the most popular chips in the country.

Using Yara's low-carbon footprint fertilizers for potato production will remove around between 20-30% of greenhouse gas emissions at the farm level. For potato chips as an end product, the use of these fertilizers will reduce the carbon footprint by around 5-10%.

Yara Germany partnership for low-carbon footprint fertilizer Yara Germany partnership for low-carbon footprint fertilizer

Decarbonizing grain cultivation in Germany

Bindewald & Gutting Milling Group is one of Germany's leading flour producers. Together with Harry-Brot, the market leader in bread and bakery products, they have signed a cooperation agreement with Yara to reduce CO2 emissions.

With the help of low-carbon footprint fertilizers, they will reduce the carbon footprint of their grain cultivation and transform the resulting flour into high-quality food products, covering the complete value chain from raw materials to food, ultimately reaching the end consumers from the grocery store shelves. Contract farmers will make use of the fertilizers, in the 2023/2024 growing season.

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Together Yara and Lantmännen are leading the way

Together with Lantmännen, northern Europe’s leading agricultural cooperative, we signed the first commercial agreement for low-carbon footprint fertilizers.

The fertilizers will be incorporated into Lantmännen’s Climate & Nature program, which makes it profitable for farmers to adopt more sustainable farming practices and enable Lantmännen to reduce the carbon footprint of food, from farm to fork. Through the program, Lantmännen has already reduced the climate footprint from wheat cultivation by up to 30 percent since 2015. With low-carbon footprint fertilizers included in the program, the climate impact will be reduced even further by 20 percentage points.

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Birgitte Holter
VP, Green and Low Carbon Fertilizer Solutions
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Sara Ekström
Director, Green and Low Carbon Fertilizer Solutions
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Emilio Iglesias
Director - Commercial Development, Green and Low Carbon Fertilizer Solutions
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Dieter Dubois
Director - Business Development and Projects, Green and Low Carbon Fertilizer Solutions

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