We are partnering with The Nature Conservancy on a landmark project to spread awareness among farmers and empower them to keep crop nutrients in their soil and out of water supplies. The project brings stakeholders to the table to implement viable solutions that work both environmentally and economically for farmers.
CF Industries supplies the world with nitrogen, a fundamental building block of life. Nitrogen is as important to life as the air we breathe and the water we drink. The chemical processes that we use to transform natural gas into nitrogen ensure we have the fertilizer that feeds the crops that feed the world and products that remove harmful emissions from industrial activities.
Feeding Future Generations Sustainably
The company has gone through a period of significant growth which is tied directly to CF’s ability to meet the world’s need to feed future generations sustainably. During 2016, we completed our expansion projects in the United States, increasing capacity by more than 25% in North America. We added to our permanent workforce by 10%, and at the projects’ height, had over 4,200 construction jobs in service. We also became the largest nitrogen producer in the United Kingdom through the acquisition of the outstanding interest in a joint venture. CF now can produce annually enough nitrogen fertilizer to support crop yields that can sustain the nutritional needs of more than 250 million people.
The environmental benefits of this capacity are equally important to appreciate. Our nine manufacturing complexes are among the lowest-cost and lowest carbon-emitting producers of nitrogen in the world, thanks to their use of clean natural gas, their world-class scale and their energy-efficient technology. For example, a new plant in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, has installed technology that reduces nitrous oxide emissions, a greenhouse gas, by 94%.
Working With Stakeholders to Find Solutions
In addition to greenhouse gas mitigation solutions, CF is committed to the conservation of all natural resources. In Iowa, we are partnering with The Nature Conservancy on a landmark project to spread awareness among farmers and empower them to keep crop nutrients in their soil and out of water supplies. The project brings all stakeholders to the table to implement viable solutions that work both environmentally and economically for farmers. This initiative complements our longstanding support of industry stewardship programs.
There’s no doubt that our world faces challenges as it seeks to balance the needs of a growing population with the stresses that those needs place on our environment. We believe that successful pathways can be found when we tackle these challenges in the same manner in which we run our business — engaging with every stakeholder, considering the big picture, seeking efficiencies and always taking a “Do It Right” approach.