Sustainable Nitrogen production and its use in a changing world. Come and see how our actions speak louder than words...
The world is changing and the role of agriculture and food production in the future will be increasingly important in helping us meet the challenges of the years ahead.
It’s not difficult to see why. Over the next 50 years, global population will increase by 30% to over nine billion people, food production will need to double to feed an increasingly hungry world and the demands placed on farmers and growers will be unprecedented.
Yet, all this is happening against a backdrop of growing awareness of the need for us all to limit our impact on the environment, cut back significantly on green house gas production and manage the world’s finite resources more carefully.
At CF Fertilisers we’ve made major steps in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our manufacturing, worked hard to produce accurate carbon footprints for all our products and made significant steps forward with recycling throughout all our processes.
"WE ALL NEED TO THINK MORE CAREFULLY ABOUT HOW WE PRODUCE AND USE THE VITAL RESOURCE THAT IS NITROGEN"
David Hopkins, CF Fertilisers MD
Nourishing the UK: the essential role of Nitrogen-based fertilisers
Nitrogen is as essential to life as air and water.
Recognising the fundamental role of Nitrogen in promoting plant growth has not only helped UK growers achieve extraordinary levels of production from our temperate climate, it has underpinned global agriculture for our entire recent history.
As the UK’s only primary producer of Nitrogen-based plant nutrients to farmers, we feed the crops and livestock that feed the UK.
It’s a role we are proud to play and one to which we remain committed, as the challenge rises to produce more food with less impact on the environment.
Through manufacturing excellence, agronomic knowledge and experience, our continual aim is to reduce our manufacturing carbon footprint and improve on-farm Nitrogen use efficiency.
Sustainable Nitrogen Production
Annually, UK industry as a whole produces 544 million tonnes of CO2e, with agriculture contributing 49 million tonnes of this – around 9%.
Of this 49 million tonnes, 55% comes from Nitrous Oxide (N2O) production resulting from fertiliser use, manures and soil. A further 36% is in the form of methane (CH4) from livestock and manures and 9% is from Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
UK agriculture has committed to a 3.2 million tonne reduction (6%) in CO2e by 2022 and it’s an objective everybody involved in the industry has to remain focused on – it’s not going to go away!
Neither can you get away from the fact that fertiliser production is an energy-intensive process. But, over recent years, we have invested heavily in ensuring that our manufacturing is as efficient as possible and has the least impact on the environment. It’s an area we are committed to investing in for the long-term too.
One such investment has been to install state-of-the-art N2O abatement technology on the nitric acid plants at Billingham.
N2O is an unavoidable by-product of nitric acid production and is a greenhouse gas. Over the last few years, we’ve invested £9 million in our manufacturing facilities to reduce our N2O emissions by 3,000 tonnes every year; equivalent to approximately one million tonnes of CO2.
That’s the equivalent of 30% of the reduction required by UK agriculture by 2022, so it’s a sizeable amount and indicative of the effort and resources we have put in to making sure our own production is as sustainable and environmentally acceptable as possible.
|Reduction in the carbon footprint of Nitram
kg CO2e/kg N
%reduction from 2010 baseline
Working with the Carbon Trust
To make these major emission reductions useful for our customers, we’ve produced business-to-business (or cradle to farm gate) carbon footprints for our entire range of fertilisers, as well as the Ammonia and Nitric Acid used in the manufacturing of Ammonium Nitrate (Nitram®).
To ensure these carry maximum credibility and are readily recognised by everybody as 100% verifiable, we took the decision to work with the Carbon Trust to achieve this.
Not only does this mean they have undergone rigorous independent scrutiny, they have also been calculated using the standards set out in the robust and internationally recognised PAS 2050 protocol.
The resulting footprint represents the true carbon emissions for fertiliser production from the raw materials right up to delivery to the farm gate.
CF Fertilisers product carbon footprints
Our product carbon footprints are detailed on all production specifications and were re-certified by the Carbon Trust in April 2016. The footprints for process chemicals are expressed as kg CO2e per kg product, whereas fertiliser products are given as kg CO2e per kg Nitrogen (N).
The process doesn’t end here, in using the carbon reduction label, CF Fertilisers has promised to reduce the footprint for process chemicals and Nitram, demonstrating an on-going commitment to carbon reduction.
|Process chemical carbon footprints|
|kg CO2e/kg product
|Billingham nitric acid||0.8|
|Ince nitric acid||0.9|
|Fertiliser Product Carbon Footprints|
|kg CO2e/kg product|
|Cut & Graze||4.5|
|Twenty Ten Ten||5.5|
Investing in the future
When you invest in CF Fertilisers, you’re not just purchasing the best quality British-made fertiliser you can get, you’re also buying in to a vision of sustainability, the highest economic return and maximum crop production efficiency for the future.
And with purchasers and processors increasingly looking to make sure suppliers are playing their part in helping them meet their own carbon footprint commitments, our work on carbon footprinting our products and ongoing investment in manufacturing efficiency will become increasingly important.
Our drive to improve energy efficiency within our operations sits at the heart of our business. As a consequence, we benchmark well against the efficiency of our competitors in and outside Europe.
We have worked hard to ensure that our CO2 is carbon capture ready. As such, we are working with the Teesside Collective, the UK’s leading Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage project to establish Europe’s first CCS equipped industrial zone.
The bottom line is that from all perspectives – economics, crop performance and marketing– you will be increasingly better off in the future, through working with quality manufacturers and suppliers.
We are proud to be working with the best distributors and farmers in the UK to deliver a more sustainable food industry and future for everyone.
For more information on any of our products please call the advice line on +44 (0)151 357 5758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org where our experts will be happy to help.