December 8, 2021

Fertilizer Canada’s Response to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives and Guidelines – Nitrogen Dioxide

Alberta is home to one of the largest concentrations of nitrogen production facilities in North America, consisting of seven facilities that use and upgrade natural gas to produce fertilizers and their upgrade products to feed Canadians and the world. Nitrogen manufacturing is a significant contributor to Alberta’s manufacturing and value-added economy. In Alberta, fertilizer manufacturing generates a direct economic benefit of $2.3 billion, adding $800 million to GDP as well as almost 3,000 jobs. Our nitrogen production facilities upgrade Canadian natural gas, the most efficient and lowest carbon dioxide (CO2) emission feedstock and fuel source, into nitrogen fertilizers which keep agricultural soils productive.

Fertilizer Canada encourages the Government of Alberta to reconsider if and how the proposed changes would achieve their intended outcome. Additionally, if there is any additional data that can be shared on sources and levels of NO2 emissions in Alberta, we would welcome an opportunity to review this information.


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