Nutrien launches carbon program to drive sustainability in agriculture

Nutrien will pilot the carbon program across North America in 2021 with plans to further scale the program to South America and Australia at a later date
Nutrien has developed a carbon program for farmers with monitoring all year-round from dedicated agronomic counsel and an industry leading digital platform to track and measure results

Nutrien Ltd. has announced the launch of what the company says is the agricultural industry’s most comprehensive carbon program.

The program will provide end-to-end support for growers to drive improved sustainability and boost profitability.

As one of the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services to growers, Nutrien is uniquely positioned to create this program at scale.

It is ready to partner directly with growers to plan, plant and track sustainable farming practices and improve carbon performance.

As part of the carbon program, Nutrien will provide sustainable products and solutions, year-round dedicated agronomic counsel and the industry’s leading digital platform to track and measure results.

Additionally, Nutrien will enable growers to monetise their improved carbon performance at the farm level by facilitating the purchase and sale of carbon credits from its grower customers to value-chain partners.

Working with select growers, Nutrien will design programs that facilitate climate smart products and sustainable practices.

With the aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, sequester carbon, and measure the resulting improvements in financial, productivity and environmental performance.

Nutrien will pilot the carbon program across North America in 2021 and it plans to further scale the program to South America and Australia in the years ahead.

For more information on the carbon program, go to the Nutrien website at www.nutrien.com/carbon-program

Further executive commentary

Chuck Magro, President and CEO, Nutrien, said, “Nutrien is working to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges: producing more food with less land, water and environmental impact.

“Our new carbon program will empower growers to produce, preserve and profit from sustainable practices.

“With our global reach, direct relationships with over 500,000 growers, the science-based expertise of our in-house agronomy team, and investments in industry-leading technology, Nutrien is uniquely positioned.

Chuck magro, Nutrien CEO
Chuck Magro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nutrien said the carbon program is an important first step

“We can create a carbon program with the scale and resources to bring meaningful and sustainable benefits to growers and the planet they are working hard to feed.”

“Over time, our vision is to expand the carbon program to include partnerships across the value chain and into other industries that have interest in the carbon economy.

“Addressing climate change is critically important and we believe the best way to move forward is to work together; we are open to the full range of partnership opportunities.

“Our aim is to create an ecosystem to help our grower customers benefit from sustainable practices and enable the purchase and sale of their carbon credits, while partnering with governments to help meet public environmental goals.”

“With this carbon program, we are helping to build an economy and market around sustainability that we believe is truly the next major transformation for the agriculture industry and addresses global issues that affect everyone,” added Magro.

North American farmers testing the program

Rancher Jeff Topp, CEO of T-T Ranch near Carrington, North Dakota, said, “Sustainability can mean different things to different people, but to us it means leaving the land better than we found it.

“We are excited to partner with Nutrien to create a program that’s practical and can be implemented by other growers on a broad scale to deliver measurable benefit,” Jeff concluded.

Meanwhile Matt Coutts, Chief Investment Officer at Coutts Agro Ltd, a grain farm in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, said, “Coutts Agro is delighted to partner with Nutrien on their sustainability strategy and carbon objectives.

“We are focused on aligning sustainability, agronomy and profitability to move our company and industry forward.

“By directly addressing issues related to climate change, our industry has an opportunity to improve our carbon footprint and be rewarded accordingly.

“Building off of performance demonstrated by leading edge companies who prioritize progressive ESG standards.

“We look forward to working with Nutrien to properly define agriculture’s role in the carbon economy with private market solutions,” Matt concluded.

The Market Opportunity for Carbon

Demand for carbon credits in the voluntary market has more than doubled since 2017, according to Ecosystem Marketplace’s State of Voluntary Carbon Markets report.

Agriculture and carbon offsets
Agriculture is forecast to be a leading participant in the growing market for carbon offsets

Looking ahead, The Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets notes that the global market for carbon offsets is expected to increase by 40 to 100 times by 2050 as the world increasingly focuses on climate action.

Agriculture is expected to be a leading participant in this growing market.

“Carbon has the potential to become a substantial economy that will go a long way towards realising net zero agriculture,” Chuck Magro said.

“Our program is an important first step towards this journey. Our direct relationship with our grower customers will help them to be early movers in this space and see financial value from farming sustainably.”

Nutrien’s multi-year commitment to ESG initiatives

Nutrien’s carbon program is part of a broader sustainability offering designed to benefit growers, governments, and a cross-section of industries.

While helping the planet and supporting sustainable solution for feeding a growing global population. It is expected to lead to longer-term environmental, social and governance (ESG) returns for Nutrien and its partners.

Additional information on Nutrien’s current ESG initiatives is available here.

About Nutrien

Nutrien is one of the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services, playing a critical role in helping growers increase food production in a sustainable manner.

The company produces and distribute 25 million tonnes of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products world-wide. With this capability and a leading agriculture retail network, Nutrien is well positioned to supply the needs of our customers.

Nutrien operates with a long-term view and are committed to working with their stakeholders as they address economic, environmental and social priorities.

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