Nitrasol helps you achieve your Net Zero ambitions.

Nitrasol Liquid Fertiliser Terminal Sunderland

The Nitrasol system is engineered to deliver about 20% lower emissions and about 50% of the production steps of competing nitrogen fertilisers.

The UK’s new Environment Act is grounded on the principles of lower energy, purer water, cleaner air and less waste.  Nitrasol has used these four principles to address the entire journey that your fertiliser takes from factory-to-field to help you farm more sustainably.

In this blog, we explain how Nitrasol fertilisers consume less energy from factory-to-field to help you achieve your Net Zero goals.

Lower Your Energy Use with Nitrasol

Nitrogen fertilisers are some of the most impactful contributors to energy consumption and emissions in agriculture. In fact, UK Government figures estimate 31% of British agriculture carbon emissions come from fertilisers, including those containing nitrogen.

COP26 has highlighted the need for businesses to minimise energy consumption and carbon emissions. That change has never been more urgent or necessary.  At Nitrasol if we can demonstrate how our system makes significant energy savings from your most impactful farm input, then we can help you to make the greatest contribution in reducing your energy use. 

We’ve thought carefully about how to minimise both the energy consumed on the whole journey that fertilisers take from factory to the field and also the other emissions like ammonia that can harm air quality and damage public health.

An Engineered Approach with Nitrasol

Firstly, starting with a clean sheet of paper, we have redefined what a fertiliser terminal should be like. By doing so, we’ve taken an engineering and logistics approach to tackling the problem of carbon and ammonia emissions by obsessively streamlining every production step to minimise energy consumption and estimating the effect that it has on the total fertiliser system.

Grounded in IPCC Figures

Our analysis of energy use starts with published IPCC figures that calculate the greenhouse gas emissions for commonly used fertilisers. Above all, it allows different types of fertiliser to be compared consistently. Because different fertilisers have different concentrations of nitrogen, or ‘potency’, we adjust for this as carbon dioxide equivalents (in kg CO2e/100kg product).  



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IPCC CO2 for fertilisers at the point of manufacture [in kg CO2e/100kg product]

The IPCC figures do not include the ecological footprint of packaging or palletising or other logistical steps, used in the whole supply chain. Nor do they consider any ammonia emissions in storage or distribution.

While it appears that urea out-ranks all other fertilisers for carbon efficiency, simply producing fertiliser is just part of the story, not least because urea brings with it attendant issues around ammonia release that contribute to air pollution.

When considering total environmental emisions restricting ammonia to maintain clean air is as important as limiting carbon emissions and energy use. Put simply, any assessment must take carbon and ammonia together to minimise the total environmental impact in line with the Lower Energy and Cleaner Air principles that underpin the Environment Act.

Nitrasol has identified 27 logistical steps that fertilisers often take on their journey from factory to your field.  At it’s heart, our system has been engineered to reduce the number of times that our fertilisers are handled or moved on their way to your crops.

For each step used in the UK, starting with the IPCC figures for production, we estimate both carbon and ammonia emissions for all the other production steps in line with the DEFRA inventory model best practice . Moreover, we ensure that each step’s estimate is relevant and relative to other steps along the supply chain. So, we give greater weight to transport to the farm in comparison with a simple transfer between stores, for example.  

Fewer Logistical Steps with Nitrasol

We have made a large number of small practical improvements to the many parts of the whole fertiliser journey. As a result, this has led to a significant reduction in the total number of energy consumption and ammonia releasing steps in our storage, production & distribution systems and on your farm.

  • Our new quayside terminals have been built to the EuroCodes standards of environmental compliance– the hardest test.
  • Wasteful production steps like double-handling and the problems associated with outdoor lagoons have been eliminated. 
  • We harness rainwater recovery to minimise resource use.
  • We use over-sized pipes for low resistance and gravity assisted discharge from quayside tanks into enclosed road tankers using dry-fit couplings.
  • Our new generation quayside terminals have eliminated ground based lagoons which require large pumps to suck up the heavy product from the bottom, or forklifts or diggers to move product around
  • We have eliminated the use of single use plastic packaging and the multiple handling steps involving product damage, dust creation and leakage from movements within and between stores.

Moreover, on the farm we now have:

  • Direct delivery to field-side tanks which slashes the number of your on-farm handling movements at times of intense activity.

Whilst we have engineered-away many redundant stages, where a movement or processing step is unavoidable, we contain our product within a sealed or contained vessel to prevent gaseous emissions, leakage or spillage.

Marginal Gains

Taken together the Nitrasol system has engineered-away about half the product movements and logistical interventions that risk contamination, leakage, packaging, spillage and energy use and ammonia emissions from our factory to your field.

Summary Scorecard Percentage Reductions Nitrasol Against AN Against Urea Against Inland Lagoon stored UAN
Total Emitting Steps reduction042%52%33%

Then we have estimated the cumulative effect of all the efficiencies on carbon use and ammoniua release from a large number of small marginal gains. Accumulatively, these all add up to huge improvements, in essence a reduction of about a fifth in total emissions against the most commonly used fertilisers in the UK.

Summary Scorecard Percentage ReductionsNitrasolAgainst ANAgainst UreaAgainst Inland Lagoon stored UAN
Reduction in Emmission of Carbon & Ammonia024%7%21%

Put simply, our unique engineered approach considers the whole journey fertilisers take from factory-to-field. This helps farmers farm more sustainably whilst being cleaner, greener and safer with a reduction in about a fifth of total emissions leading from about half the production and logistical steps that risk leakage, spillage and environmental contamination.

And we deliver this within the regulatory reassurance of FACTS and FIAS compliance and the responsibility of Agricultural Industries Confederation membership.

Nitrasol’s class leading systematic approach helps farmers that use fertilisers to produce food with a disproportionate redution in emmisions to help growers achieve their Net Zero targets. Using Nitrasol delivers proven energy efficiency savings and emission reductions and costs no more than the most commonly used alternatives.

If you’d like to reduce the emissions on your farm, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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