Did you know that around 75% of ammonia emissions from agriculture come from livestock systems, and 22% from fertiliser.

Your farm can reduce its ammonia emissions by understanding where the losses occur. Implementing a nitrate-based solution is one of the easiest ways to reduce ammonia losses from fertiliser, and if fully implemented could reduce European ammonia emissions by 10% right now.

Yara nitrate-based fertilisers have been made for farmers who want to reduce ammonia emission losses.  The benefits are:

  • Low volatilisation losses. Nitrate-based fertiliser delivers 90% lower ammonia loss than urea on the majority of farms, established in EMEP emission factors.
  • A reliable solution. Calcium ammonium nitrate is a robust solution to minimise ammonia emissions regardless of the prevailing weather.

Why ammonia emissions matter

Cost for the farmer


Ammonia losses represent a direct reduction in nitrogen available to drive yield. Nitrate-based fertilisers provide a more predictable and healthy nitrogen supply


Cost to society


More than 6 billion euros per year are spent on healthcare to treat respiratory illnesses caused by ammonia emissions.


Damage to the environment


Ammonia travels long distances as air pollution and contributes to the acidification of land and water


Volatilisation losses from Urea 13.1%

Volatilisation losses from urea

The use of urea inhibitors can lower emissions from urea by 70% on average, but vary between a 40-90% reduction. *reference: EMEP emission factor


Volatilisation losses from Nitrates 1.32%

Volatilisaion losses nitrates

Choosing ammonium nitrate remains the most reliable decision for reducing ammonia emissions. *reference: EMEP emission factor

Improve your farm's nitrogen fertiliser efficiency

Improve your farm's nitrogen fertiliser efficiency

Improving nitrogen fertiliser efficiency is one way your farm can become more productive, profitable and sustainable. Try our quiz to find out how you can improve your farm's nitrogen fertiliser efficiency.

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