Life on Land
By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements.
Impact of stakeholders Fertilizers that play an important role in creating and preserving global carbon sinks: by increasing productivity on arable land, they prevent deforestation. Additionally, they increase the carbon-absorbing capacity of soil, improving the ratio of carbon to nitrogen (C:N) and maximizing biomass production.
People in charge of environment protection were appointed at production units of the enterprises. At the level of production units, which are the main sources of environmental impact, and at the level of the enterprise, there is a procedure in effect for identifying and assessing risks and opportunities. Based on the results of the risk assessment, we determine the measures that are necessary to bring the risks to an acceptable level in terms of significant environmental aspects.
At the Group level, comprehensive programmes are being implemented that join the efforts of international organisations and farmers under programmes aimed at preserving terrestrial ecosystems, soil cover and efficient use of natural resources.
To resolve this task, our Company:
helps farmers and the entire industry to understand how to improve the quality of soil management without accumulating pollutants in it;
protects and restores terrestrial ecosystems and promotes their efficient use;
works actively on the international level, in particular, conducts a joint project on sustainable agriculture together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and also supports the Global Soil Partnership;
promotes and popularizes the best agricultural practices by introducing a service model for servicing.
Commitments and Targets
One of the key goals for sustainable development is to protect the world’s ecosystems and reduce the burden on the environment.
As part of the new five-year plan, the Company intends to develop its competitive advantages, while keeping the position of the world’s largest supplier of environmentally friendly phosphorus fertilizers for the agro-industrial complex, and to expand participation in the programs aiming to protect health, the environment, ensure food safety and combat soil degradation, thus setting an example for a harmonious approach to strategic development.
In 2019, the Company, together with the FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) launched a major project to develop farmers’ skills in sustainable soil management and to create regional soil laboratories (RESOLAN) in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. The project is aimed at improving the quality and increasing the frequency of soil analyses.
the Global Soil Doctors Programme for sustainable agriculture was launched. As part of the programme, soil first-aid kits were prepared — sets of tools for making soil analyses. Also, farmers undergo training so that they pass on knowledge about soil properties and soil fertility and help other farmers from their region conduct agricultural activity more efficiently and eco-friendly;
in partnership with the British Research Institute UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme, PhosAgro experts participated in preparing the report Our Phosphorus Future. We made a significant contribution to the report in terms of the best sustainable and innovative practices for efficient use of phosphorus fertilizers;
the Company successfully passed the certification for compliance with the requirements of the Protect and Sustain standard and received the Gold Medal of IFA SHE Excellence Award;
our experts were among the representatives from the IFA thematic committees: Agriculture Committee, Marketing and Business Analytics Committee, PR and Communications Committee, and Technical Expertise Committee.
We are actively engaged in scientific and expert cooperation with the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) on the issues of developing the European agenda for sustainable use of phosphate resources. We regularly submit research papers to circulate them among more than 200 European organizations.
The company took an active part in preparing the Russian position, which will be presented at the UN Food Systems Summit in New York in September 2021.
More detailed information about all main results of the Company’s activities in the area of preserving terrestrial ecosystems is presented in the Integrated Reports.