“The milestone we have achieved today at our Puertollano plant makes us the first company in the world to manufacture plant nutrition solutions with green ammonia and without CO2 on an industrial scale. It is a unique project in the sector due to its size. This initiative is part of our Net Zero strategy which, thanks to the support of our owner Triton, will make us the first large European company in our sector to reduce emissions to zero by 2035«, pointed out Javier Goñi, CEO of Grupo Fertiberia.
The green ammonia It is obtained by substituting natural gas for renewable electrical energy and is the basis for producing fertilizers without carbon footprint. It is also used in other environmental solutions to reduce emissions in industry, such as AdBlue for diesel combustion engines. Grupo Fertiberia collaborates with the main green hydrogen consortiums for its four large industrial centers in Spain and is leading the future construction of a new plant in Norrbotten (Sweden).
“Today marks an important step in the history of Grupo Fertiberia and we congratulate the team for this success. We look forward to continuing to support the management team and all staff on the path they have embarked on to become the leading European company in sustainable fertilization, with a solid and strong social, environmental and governance commitment”, says Roland Oelschläger, Investment Professional at Triton .
Triton invested in Grupo Fertiberia in 2020 to support the management strategy of accelerating product innovation and investing in the company’s manufacturing processes to make them more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Iberdrola has developed a plant that will be able to generate 100% green hydrogen through one of the largest electrolysis systems in the world. The project will have zero CO emissions2 thanks to the use of renewable energy from an innovative 100 MW photovoltaic solar plant integrated in the installation. The green hydrogen produced at the Iberdrola plant will be used at the Grupo Fertiberia ammonia factory in Puertollanowhich has carried out important innovation work to adapt its processes to this new energy vector.
According to the International Energy Agency, the demand for fertilizers is expected to grow by 40% until 2050 to meet the needs of a growing population. “The world will need a greater production, which must be compatible with the fulfillment of the objectives for the reduction of emissions, for which our company is preparing to respond to the future needs of the European agricultural market”, David Herrero assured. , industrial director of Grupo Fertiberia.
In addition to producing an essential input for a strategic sector such as agriculture, “we replace natural gas with indigenous resources in its manufacture, with which we help advance food security and EU energy independence“, it is finished.