Cleaner air commitments from Nitrasol

The Nitrasol system considers the complete journey your fertiliser takes from factory to field to meet our commitments to cleaner air.

We have streamlined so many of the logistical, production and handling steps on that journey with the use of gravity, fatter pipes to reduce friction and the avoidance of double-handling to give some examples. There are just some of the ways our system results in about a fifth lower carbon emissions than the other most commonly used nitrogen fertilisers .

But, carbon reductions are only part of the story. The UK’s Environment Act 2021 places a duty on every business to consider cleaner air, purer water, less waste and lower energy consumption.

In this blog, we demonstrate how Nitrasol fertilisers significantly reduce the ammonia and NOx from fertiliser use as we consider the entire process from factory to field as part of our commitment to reduce the emissions which contribute to bad air quality and poor health.


Current government legislation:

The Environment Act 2021 is grounded on the four principles of

  • cleaner air,
  • lower energy,
  • purer water, and
  • less waste.

Our Government has already started to regulate ammonia and NOx emissions so these new Environmental laws place additional obligations on every business to cleaner air as well as energy reductions. This is because harmful NOx and Ammonia emissions are linked to micro particulates in the air which aggravate respiratory diseases that adversely affect human health.

The Government is consulting on restricting the use of the most highly emitting fertilisers like urea. They are also considering placing additional restrictions on its practical use at certain times and in certain conditions.

By design, the whole Nitrasol liquid fertiliser system reduces ammonia and NOx emissions at source. From the start, we have taken a logistical and engineering approach to ensure you can meet your obligations to ensure cleaner air. The outcome is that the first time our fertilisers meet the atmosphere is from the farmer’s spray nozzle in the field.

Our new-generation quayside terminals and procedures feature:

We have constructed the most modern terminals built for liquid fertiliser handling, manufacture and distribution for a generation. Ten design principles assure you that in our factory and on your farm, every step is taken to ensure cleaner air in your part of the world to help you demonstrate compliance with your cleaner air responsibilities .

In our terminals:

  • Terminals designed to EuroCodes standards – the hardest test of environmental compliance.
  • Dedicated pipelines and sealed above ground storage vessels. This eliminates risk of rainfall dilution and further opportunities for airborne or ground-based contamination over winter.
  • The use of oversized pipework, dry-fit connectors and gravity-assisted tanker loading. This minimises the number of fossil fuel powered engines and processes lessening the need for; forklifts, diggers, and lorries involved in the factory-and-farm-based supply chain.
  • Our system eliminates the use of intermediate tanks at the dockside before transport to external stores. Usually, this would churn product and unnecessarily volatilise ammonia in transit, aggravating air quality in urbanised locations.
  • Our terminals do not store liquids in lagoons. This reduces significant ammonia losses to the atmosphere which occur in warm or windy weather.
  • We harness contained vessels for manufacture and employ completely enclosed tankers with dry-fit connections to field side tanks for distribution.
  • We use class-leading liquid-in-liquid mixing technology and employ dry-fit connections between tanks and tankers to eliminate spills, drips and wastage.

On the farm:

  • Nitrasol fertilisers are exceptionally chemically stable. This minimises the ureic components that can volatise to ammonia in certain weather conditions and on certain soils.
  • Sprayers ensure precise application which increases efficiency, where and when the crops can then absorb it most effectively. Our fertiliser does not rattle into hedgerows and many sprayers also have additional features to equalise application rates when pivoting or turning.
  • We considered the further benefits of using our AdvaNShield nitrogen stabilisation technology. This makes the nitrogen applied remain available to the crops for longer. These test results indicate that with AdvaNShield, farmer’s are able to use one fewer sprayer. This means we can overlook an additional sprayer operation entirely.

These are just some of the approaches that ensure that your Nitrasol fertiliser arrives in perfect condition, with minimal atmospheric losses.

Estimating the Nitrasol Effect on Clean Air:

We have identified 27 logistical steps that fertilisers often take on their journey from factory to field. 

While Nitrasol has eliminated about half of these steps, for those that remain, we have estimated ammonia and NOx release consistently across all fertiliser types in line with the DEFRA inventory model best practice. We ensure that each step’s estimate is relevant and relative to other steps along the whole supply chain. Moreover, we adjust each of the steps for potency, where the relative concentration of competing fertilisers is different.

The result is that we estimate Nitrasol’s ammonia & NOx release on the entire journey from factory-to-field to be 48% lower than solid urea fertilisers and is 28% less than competing lagoon-stored liquid products.

Summary Scorecard Percentage ReductionsNitrasolAgainst ANAgainst UreaAgainst Inland Lagoon stored UAN
Reduction in Emmission of Carbon & Ammonia00%48%28%

Factory to Field, Lower Energy & Cleaner Air – helping you farm more sustainably

We have already seen in other blogs how Nitrasol has a significantly lower energy consumption which helps farmers achieve their net zero ambitions. However, taken together with the reduction in ammonia and NOx emissions, Nitrasol demonstrates the lowest combined environmental impact for carbon efficiency and ammonia emissions of any nitrogen fertiliser typically used in the UK.

If you’re serious about following the path to net zero, only Nitrasol has the fewest steps, lowest emissions & zero waste. It’s a cleaner, greener and safer way of producing our food with sustainability at its heart using our wider commitment to helping the industry reduce total environmental impacts from the use of fertilisers.

For how Nitrasol can help you achieve your net zero goals, click here.

For more on the Environment Act, click here.

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