Yara and Lantmännen – northern Europe’s leading agricultural cooperative who own multiple food brands – have signed a world-first agreement for the marketing & distribution of fossil-free fertilisers. Renewable ammonia from Yara’s production plants will be used for fertiliser production, which will then be incorporated into Lantmännen’s Climate & Nature program from 2023 (a future farming initiative that has already achieved significant carbon footprint reductions in grains & cereals farmed under its banner). For Lantmännen, the use of zero-carbon fertilisers will enable them to establish a truly fossil free value chain – all the way from “field to fork”. This commercial agreement has been building since 2019, when the pair first came together to establish a pilot program.
Our partnership with Lantmännen to bring green fertilizers to market is crucial for decarbonizing the food value chain. We have to transform the food system to deliver on the Paris Agreement, and this will require collaboration across the entire food chain instead of working in silos. The Yara-Lantmännen partnership is a concrete example of how this can be done.Svein Tore Holsether, President & CEO of Yara in the official press release, 13 Jan 2022
Low and zero-carbon fertilisers
The topic is a popular one at Ammonia Energy, spanning projects from the GW-scale to point-of-use. Current industrial giants in the US, France, Egypt, Spain and the UK are looking at ways to decarbonise their existing fertiliser production facilities. New players in Paraguay, Angola and Sweden are exploring ways to establish new green fertiliser industries in countries that traditionally have relied on imports. In 2020 we invited three of the biggest players – Yara, Nutrien and CF Industries – to close our annual conference with a detailed look at their decarbonisation goals, and last year we welcomed another key player – OCI N.V. – into our Membership fold. This is a fast-developing area, and we look forward to bringing you all the important news stories. Browse our full archive here, and stay tuned for more developments.