Published: 15 Nov 2022
Ahead of an expected announcement at COP27 on the Global Fertilizer Challenge from the United States, ECIU's Climate and Land lead on what's at stake.
Commenting on an expected update on the Global Fertilizer Challenge from the United States at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt this Saturday , Matt Williams, Climate and Land Programme Lead at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), said:
"In the UK over 40% of nitrogen fertiliser doesn't make it to crops, but is lost to the air and to rivers. With the price of the key fertiliser ingredient - gas - continuing to rise, farmers can't afford to waste a drop. In Britain this could cost farmers over £1.1 billion extra. Nor can the climate afford this, with fertilisers making up almost 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. We know that these extra farming costs, and climate impacts, cost families too - pushing up UK food bills by over £400 this year.
"Greater fertiliser efficiency - which the US’s Global Fertilizer Challenge is making progress towards, and we’ve seen other countries commit to as well - is a sensible step that can cut farmers’ bills and make sure food and farming get the attention they deserve at COP27. Then, restoring natural soil richness, and switching to low-carbon fertiliser technology, will help cut farmers' bills while helping food production cut its climate impact."
Pawel Kisielewski, CEO CCm Technologies said: “One of the greatest challenges to global decarbonisation is the emissions associated with agriculture, and a huge part of this is fertiliser production. There are now innovations capable of being deployed at commercial scale to tackle this problem. Low carbon fertilisers, like CCm’s, provide a win-win opportunity for Governments to address food insecurity and an over-reliance on gas, while still achieving their net zero targets without having a negative impact on costs for producers and consumers”.
Notes to editors:
1. The US-led Global Fertilizer Challenge is aimed at strengthening food security and reducing agriculture emissions by advancing fertilizer efficiency and alternatives: https://www.fas.usda.gov/newsroom/global-fertilizer-challenge
2. CCm Technologies, formally known as CCm Research, is an award winning cleantech company, focused on resource optimisation, including Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU): https://www.ccmtechnologies.co.uk/about-us