Protecting people and the environment

Safeguarding the environment

Safeguarding the environment

We are dedicated to excellent performance in terms of environmental impact and endeavor to promote industry leading standards

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Our impact on the environment

The use of nitrogen fertilizers represents a substantial part of the potential environmental impact of farming. Arable land, nutrients and water are limited resources, which must be carefully managed. Continued land use change leads to substantial greenhouse gas emissions. We work constantly to achieve more efficient resource use, with the main emphasis on land use, energy, nutrients and water. 

We support the UN's food and agriculture goal of sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and the concept of sustainable intensification. This means helping growers produce more crops on the same land with less environmental impact. We promote best farming practices such as balanced fertilization and precision farming.

Environmental leadership is crucial to the success of our business

Fertilizer production processes are energy-intensive. Use of energy and the emission of greenhouse gases represent a major environmental impact related to Yara. Energy efficiency in operations is our priority.

We use a precautionary approach to identify risks and take preventive measures to mitigate the potential harm to people or the environment. We always search for resource optimization opportunities. We enforce a strict environmental control regime over our processes, based on the ISO 14001, Energy Management and Fertilizer Product Stewardship standards. Read more about our fertilizer product stewardship approach.

Our operations are covered by global, regional and local energy, environmental and greenhouse gas regulations. We are committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations. We follow the strictest standards when making decisions, whether it be local or international laws and regulations, Yara’s policies and procedures, or our Code of Conduct. We monitor, comply with, and strive to exceed industry standards and applicable environmental laws and regulations.

Review Yara's official Health and Safety policy  (PDF 198.57KB) here and read details of our environmental performance in the latest GRI report (PDF 1.38MB).

Agriculture is a part of the solution to climate change

Connecting the issues of food security and climate change is a key approach when responding to global environmental issues. A major global challenge is to create green growth in a low-carbon economy, with a reduced carbon footprint.

Today, agriculture causes about one quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with land use change originating from agricultural expansion being the main culprit.

Yara is an industry leader with regards to environmental stewardship and low GHG emissions. We focus on energy efficiency in our own production process and how optimum fertilizer application can support sustainability and green growth.

By developing a novel N2O catalyst technology and implementing it in the nitric acid plants, we have managed to cut our direct GHG emissions in half. We continuously invest in our production plants to improve reliability and energy efficiency.

Understand our position on climate change and agriculture (PDF 134.90KB) and read about our fertilizer carbon footprint in the sustainability section of the website.

Our environmental solutions

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Our environmental solutions

We help our clients meet increasingly stringent environmental standards around the world.

Environmental solutions is one of our fastest growing business areas. We offer complete solutions for the abatement of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S), and for water treatment. We also provide scrubber technology for reducing SOx emissions to the maritime sector.

Read more about Yara's environmental solutions.