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

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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

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

 

Damage to the environment

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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