Greener conventional products
As part of our ongoing assessment of the potential impact of our products on the environment, in 2020 we conducted a life cycle analysis (LCA) with external verification of our Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) and Urea Ammonium Nitrate (UAN) in accordance with ISO 14040/14044 Life Cycle Assessment Standards.
Based on these externally verified assessments conducted by SGS, our CAN’s CO2 footprint is amongst the lowest in the world. Compared to European peers as benchmarked by Fertilizers Europe, our CAN CO2 footprint is approximately 33% lower than peers implementing best available emissions technology. Our UAN CO2 footprint is similarly best-in-class as it is produced in the same downstream process of nitric acid as CAN.
OCI Nitrogen has an extensive research and development program aiming to significantly reduce or eliminate CO2 emissions caused by ammonia production to help meet Dutch and European CO2 reduction targets. The plant has also been certified to produce green ammonia using green gas certificates.
In addition to its use as a chemical building block for countless chemicals, methanol is increasingly used in several clean energy applications, both as a direct fuel alternative, and as feedstock for other environmentally friendly fuels. Through the Methanol Institute, we support and promote the development of sustainable alternative energy applications of methanol.