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Environmental Impact

Carbon Emissions

PotashCorp continually works with stakeholders to address climate change. While we understand the key roles that high-yield farming and best land-use practices play in reducing global CO2 emissions, we also acknowledge the challenges associated with improving our company’s performance in this critical area.

We manage carbon emissions with the objectives of:

  • Comply with current and future regulatory requirements by monitoring laws and participate in public discussions about carbon emissions
  • Protecting the company’s reputation as an environmental steward
  • Identifying revenue-generating opportunities in the emerging regulatory framework

Elements of our carbon emissions strategy include:

Carbon Management — We continually look for ways to reduce emissions from company baseline levels and to assess future compliance responsibilities and opportunities.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction — We evaluate ways to reduce GHGs, with a particular focus on the nitrous oxide (N2O) emitted by our nitric acid plants — the company’s largest GHG emissions contributor.

Task Force Participation — As a member of the Climate Change Task Force for The Fertilizer Institute, the Canadian Fertilizer Institute and the International Fertilizer Industry Association, PotashCorp monitors GHG regulations to maintain compliance with applicable rules and to ensure that new rules are based on science and protect food security.

Details of our GHG emissions performance can be found in the GRI Performance section of our Online Annual Report.


PotashCorp studies, promotes and monitors biodiversity around our mine sites. Guided by our SHE Manual, which governs the company’s approach to environmental protection, we strive to meet all federal, state/provincial and local biodiversity regulations.

Our approach to promoting biodiversity includes:

  • Engaging in the mining permit process, which requires a detailed environmental impact assessment that explains how the company will avoid or minimize impacts on plant and animal species
  • Mitigating wetlands impact, typically by replacing 1 to 1.5 acres of habitat per acre of land disturbed by our phosphate mining operations
  • Monitoring surface and groundwater emissions at all Canadian sites
  • Requiring farm lease agreements that ensure adherence to environmentally safe farming practices
  • Recommending grassland restoration when it is sensible
  • Supporting partnerships with organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and Acres for Wildlife, which promote biodiversity
  • Participating in the Province of Saskatchewan’s Representative Area Network — a program within the Saskatchewan Biodiversity Action Plan designed to preserve provincial ecosystems — along with other government programs

Details of our biodiversity performance can be found in the GRI Performance section of our Online Annual Report.

Last Reviewed: Jul 19, 2012