Sustainability

Our opinions

Our opinions

A century in fertilizer production and food production has given us extensive knowledge about agriculture, resources use and the environment. We form our positions on various subject matters based on facts as we know them. Explore our list of position papers below.

Agriculture and climate

Agriculture is responsible for about a quarter of global GHG emissions, yet high-yield farming is part of the solution to climate change. We promote climate-smart agriculture to ensure high productivity while avoiding soil depletion.
Download our position paper on agriculture and climate (0.1 Mb, pdf)

Land use efficiency

The increasing demand for food should be met by improving yields on existing farmland, not by land use change. This is essential to protecting biodiversity and avoiding GHG emissions.
Download our position paper on land use efficiency (0.3 Mb, pdf)

Fertilizer use

We believe that balanced fertilization is critical to increase global crop production. We strongly support the application of nutrient management systems and tools designed to increase fertilizer use efficiency.
Download our position paper on fertilizer use (0.2 Mb, pdf)

Genetically modified organisms (GMO)

We see great potential to increase food production with existing methods, but believe that genetic modification of crops may be a useful scientific supplement to solve future food challenges.
Download our position paper on genetically modified organisms (0.2 Mb, pdf)

Biofuels

Through sustainable intensification, agriculture can provide an adequate supply of both food, fiber and biofuels. Environmental impacts and food security issues must however be carefully managed.
Download our position paper on biofuels (0.1 Mb, pdf)

Organic farming

Improving the environmental performance of agriculture is best achieved by combining organic nutrients, mineral fertilizers and best farming practices to optimize the use of existing farmland.
Download our position paper on organic farming (0.2 Mb, pdf)

EU Baltic Sea Region strategy

The unwanted effects of agricultural activities on the Baltic region’s water systems can be mitigated through best agricultural practices and innovation.
Download our position paper on the EU Baltic Sea Region strategy (0.1 Mb, pdf)

Water use efficiency

We have proved that good crop nutrition management can substantially reduce freshwater use in crop production.
Download our position paper on water use efficiency (0.1 Mb, pdf)

The CAP towards 2020

The European Commission’s CAP reform provides an opportunity to make European agriculture more competitive and sustainable by applying best available farming practices.
Download our position paper on the CAP towards 2020 (0.3 Mb, pdf)

Circular economy

The principles of circular economy are an avenue to reducing waste, improving nutrient recycling, and establishing industrial symbiosis.
Download our position paper on circular economy (0.2 Mb, pdf)

Farmer and agronomist in corn field

Latest sustainability report

Yara's GRI Report 2017 communicates our sustainability approach and documents our performance on material sustainability topics. We have used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting framework as our standard for sustainability reporting since 2007. Yara's GRI Report 2017 has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option. 

You can download the report below. Looking for our GRI Content Index? You can find it here.

Download Yara's GRI Report 2017 (1.6 Mb, pdf)