2030 target creating uncertainty around the future of fertilizer use

(Debra Murphy/RealAgriculture)

The federal government has its eye on reducing nitrous oxide emissions from fertilizer, but it’s not clear how it intends to reach its target, and whether the target is achievable without having a detrimental impact on crop yields. Last December, while announcing the federal carbon tax would be increasing to $170/tonne of CO2 equivalent, the Liberal government also unveiled a 30 per cent reduction target for emissions from synthetic nitrogen fertilizer by 2030, when compared with 2020 as a benchmark year. The government says the reduction is necessary to meet Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target and net-zero by…

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