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IEA at COP26: Ammonia Technology Roadmap: Towards more sustainable nitrogen fertiliser production

Background information

Ammonia is the starting point for all mineral nitrogen fertilisers, forming a bridge between the nitrogen in the air and the food we eat. Its production accounts for around 2% of total final energy consumption, virtually all of it from fossil fuels, resulting in a carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint equivalent to the total emissions of South Africa’s energy system. Despite continued efficiency gains in fertiliser use, an increasingly numerous and affluent global population will lead to growth in ammonia production, during a period in which governments around the world have declared that emissions from the energy system must head towards net zero.

The latest roadmap examines three possible futures for ammonia production. The Stated Policies Scenario sees current trends continuing, with the industry making incremental improvements but falling well short of a sustainable trajectory. In the Sustainable Development Scenario, the sector adopts the technologies and policies required to put it on a pathway aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement, while the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario describes a trajectory that is compatible with reaching net zero emissions for the global energy system by 2050.

This event, organised in collaboration with the International Fertilizer Association and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, will bring together key stakeholders along value chains to discuss opportunities to advance in the sustainable transition of this industry. 

Attendees will have to register to access the event. Once they are registered, they can go to the schedule and add the session to their agenda. Register here

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