Fertilizer Emission Reduction Strategy FAQ

What is the goal of the fertilizer emission reduction strategy?

The fertilizer emission reduction strategy aims to reduce fertilizer nitrous oxide emissions by 30% below 2020 levels by 2030.

Will the proposed strategy put a cap on fertilizer use?

The Canadian Government is not proposing a mandatory reduction in fertilizer use.

What specific emissions does the strategy target?

The strategy is specifically targeting Nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions arising from fertilizer use in Canadian agriculture. Nitrous oxide (N2O), a strong greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of 265 to 298 times that of carbon dioxide (CO2) over a 100-year period, is produced by the application of nitrogen (N) fertilizer in particular.

The emissions reduction target includes direct (from fertilizer application) and indirect (from ammonia released into the atmosphere as a result of nitrogen leaching in fields) emissions from fertilizer application on-farm.

How does Government plan on reaching this 2030 target?

By increasing support for a number of existing approaches, including:

What is the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s position on the strategy?