World’s First Fossil Free Food Chain Yara Partners with Lantmännen for Green Fertilizers
Yara has plans to decarbonize the food chain by developing fossil free fertilizers or green fertilizers which are produced with ammonia based on renewable energy. The green fertilizers will be marketed by Lantmännen in Sweden by 2023. With this move, the companies aim to develop the world’s first fossil free food chain.
Oslo/Norway – Yara and Lantmännen are the first companies to sign a commercial agreement to bring fossil free fertilizers to market. Produced with renewable energy, these green fertilizers are crucial for decarbonizing the food chain and offering consumers more sustainable food choices.
Yara and Lantmännen began testing the commercial viability of green fertilizers in 2019 with a common goal to realize the world’s first fossil free food chain. The collaboration has resulted in a commercial contract for green fertilizers, which will be produced by Yara and marketed by Lantmännen in Sweden starting in 2023.
Instead of using fossil fuels such as natural gas to produce ammonia – the building block of mineral fertilizers – the green fertilizers will be produced with ammonia based on renewable energy produced in Europe, such as Norwegian hydropower. The result will be fertilizers with an 80 to 90 percent lower carbon footprint.
“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,” says Svein Tore Holsether, President & CEO of Yara.
For Lantmännen, using the green fertilizers will be an important step closer to reaching climate neutral farming. “Lantmännen drives the development towards farming of the future. With the green fertilizers from Yara in place we enable Swedish farmers to continue to be at the forefront, offering our customers sustainability performance according to global climate targets as well as bringing sustainable food to consumers. With this partnership, we can continue to meet an increased market demand for sustainable products,” says Per Olof Nyman, Group President & CEO at Lantmännen.