Global crop nutrition leaders Nutrien and Yara, along with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), are undertaking a Sectoral Decarbonization Approach (SDA) for the Nitrogen fertilizer sector.
An SDA enables fertilizer companies to set GHG emission reduction targets which are aligned with the goals in the Paris agreement. While the Paris agreement covers the setting of targets and reducing emissions at a country level, the private sector has also engaged significantly to support the climate goals.
Being an energy-intensive, largely fossil-based industry, the nitrogen fertilizer sector has high emissions intensity and is recognized as a hard-to-abate industry.
Ensuring enough food for a growing global population while preventing the most harmful effects of climate change is the challenge of a lifetime. Decoupling environmental impacts from economic activity is required, and this Sectoral Decarbonization Approach will guide company strategies for reducing emissions.
An SDA is one of the three possible methods for setting a Science Based Target, a target in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase well below 2