Our 2030 commitment
Invest in new technologies and pursue the transition to low-carbon fertilizers, including low-carbon and clean ammonia.
Low-carbon ammonia is ammonia made with direct GHG emissions typically reduced by approximately 60 percent, produced primarily utilizing carbon capture, utilization and storage (“CCUS”) or other low-emission production technologies.
The roadmap for reducing the carbon intensity of ammonia exists; however, at-scale economics require the emergence of low-carbon end markets for ammonia or hydrogen use as a fuel.
Our 2023 Year-to-Date progress
Our near-term focus is on using carbon capture, utilization and storage (“CCUS”) infrastructure, and growing our low-carbon ammonia production. As of 2022, Nutrien has annual production capability for approximately one million tonnes of low-carbon ammonia at our Geismar, LA, Redwater, AB and Joffre, AB nitrogen facilities.
We have decided to suspend work on our proposed Geismar clean ammonia project. This decision is due to an increase in expected capital costs compared to our initial estimates, continued uncertainty on the timing of emerging uses for clean ammonia, and the prioritization of other capital allocation alternatives. Read more here.
Nutrien continues our partnership with the US Department of Energy (“DOE”) and other industry partners to develop a clean ammonia plant with technology developed from the Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy- Dense Liquids (“REFUEL”) program.
Our projects and initiatives
Advancing carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS)
- We are one of the world's largest low-carbon ammonia producers, due to more than a decade of technology and process development, including in CCUS.
- At our Geismar facility we have been permanently sequestering carbon emissions since 2013, and typically sequester >230 kMt annually.
- At our Redwater facility, we have been permanently sequestering carbon emissions into the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line since 2019. In July of 2023, an expansion of the CO2 system was completed, increasing the amount of CO2 we sequester, reaching more than 800 MTPD.
- At our Joffre facility, we have been using by-product hydrogen from a nearby industrial producer since 1987, thus eliminating the GHG-intensive step of processing natural gas into hydrogen.