Testing the impact of crop fertilization on climate change

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Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY and three research institutions have launched a new project whose goal is to examine the impact of field fertilization on climate change. To this end, the special purpose consortium coordinated by the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – State Research Institute has obtained financing from the National Center for Research and Development.

The project is called Support for low-emission agriculture which adapts to climate change now, in 2030, and in 2050. The leading idea behind the project is the so-called carbon footprint of the fertilizer, or the total greenhouse gases emission to the atmosphere during fertilizer production and their application in the fields.

Sustainable fertilization

During the three-year research project Our Company is going to investigate greenhouse gases emissions accompanying fertilizer production as well as fertilization done by the farmers. In the context of climate change, it is very important to check the influence of fertilization on emission levels. We have therefore decided to conduct the tests on a representative sample of farms.

Professor Wiesław Oleszek, the Director of the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation and the project coordinator, has stressed that “the project is to be helpful in implementing modern, low-emission agricultural practice and promoting sustainable fertilization”.

Greenhouse gases emissions in the industrial production

For many years now, Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY has set the standard concerning environmental protection in the chemical industry. Investments in pro-environmental technology have been bringing tangible benefits for the environment. They have made it possible for PUŁAWY Works to reduce the greenhouse gases emissions to the atmosphere considerably, and raise production capacity at the same time. Time has come to test the “external” impact of our products on those emissions. We are going to take a look at the practical consequences of using our products for the emission levels. Our intention is to analyze in practice the results of the application of fertilizers produced by Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY, as well as the impact of the main intermediate products, or ammonia and nitric acid.

The project also involves the creation of an online platform dedicated to the issues mentioned above. The results and research reports will let Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY modify and improve the parameters of the fertilizers so that they become more effective in increasing yields, while at the same time they take care of climate protection.