Climate-Related Risks and Opportunities 

The potential impacts from climate-related risks are significant to Nutrien and have been identified as a top environmental, social and governance (ESG) related concern by our stakeholders. We are focused not only on reducing the carbon footprint of our fertilizer production (primarily nitrogen), but also partnering with growers to deliver natural climate solutions and sustainably increase crop yields while reducing GHG emissions and sequestering more carbon in the soil.

Key climate-related ambitions:

2030 Commitments

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  • Launch and scale a comprehensive Carbon Program, empowering growers and our industry to accelerate climate-smart agriculture and soil carbon sequestration while rewarding growers for their efforts

  • Achieve at least a 30 percent reduction in GHG emissions (Scope 1 + 2) per tonne of our products produced, from a baseline year of 2018

  • Invest in new technologies and pursue the transition to low-carbon fertilizers, including blue and green ammonia

ESG Performance Targets/Goals

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  • Reduce GHG emissions in nitrogen production by one million tonnes CO2e by the end of 2023

  • Deploy self-generated wind and solar energy at four potash facilities by the end of 2025

Our Approach:

These commitments and targets cover our entire GHG emission value chain with a focus on decreasing emissions directly related to our operations while supporting growers with products and services to store more carbon in their soil.

PRIMARY EMISSIONS SOURCES ALONG NUTRIEN’S VALUE CHAIN
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PRIMARY EMISSIONS SOURCES ALONG NUTRIEN’S VALUE CHAIN

Fertilizer production and use have complex and conflicting impacts on GHG emissions across the agricultural value chain. Fertilizer is critical for healthy crops, enhancing soil organic carbon (the level of carbon that is directly tied to the level of organic matter in the soil) and increasing yields, which helps to feed our growing population with the same amount of arable land, but nitrogen fertilizer primarily generates GHG emissions when produced and when it is applied to the crop.

REDUCING SCOPE 1 AND 2 EMISSIONS (BLUE AND GREEN AMMONIA)
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We believe a combination of strategies will be needed to meet society’s decarbonization goals. Our reduction plans include activities to reduce the direct GHG emissions at our manufacturing facilities and the indirect emissions from purchased energy, such as steam and electricity, while reducing other material emissions that are upstream and downstream of our operations.

Reducing Scope 1 and 2 Emissions

Blue and Green Ammonia

Science-based Targets and Frameworks
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Nutrien is committed to GHG emission reduction and supports the goals of the Paris Agreement. This is demonstrated by our 30 percent targeted reduction in operational GHG emissions intensity by 2030 and through our commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to set a science-based target. To set a science-based target, Nutrien has engaged with the WBCSD and industry peers to develop a sectoral decarbonization approach (SDA). A SDA is one of three possible methods for setting a science-based target. Nutrien is also actively building a pathway for low-carbon nitrogen fertilizer production.

We have used the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework to report on our climate strategy and performance. To learn more please see our CDP Climate Questionnaire, which is fully aligned with the TCFD framework. 

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Climate Action

Climate Action

Commitments to achieve by the year 2030.

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CDP Climate Questionnaire

CDP Climate Questionnaire

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2021 ESG Report

2021 ESG Report

Climate Change and GHG Emissions.

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Feeding the Future Plan

Transforming Agriculture: Our 2030 Commitments.

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