Our emissions and abatement
Ammonium nitrate is the main chemical component used in commercial blasting. While it releases vast quantities of energy to blast rock, it is also energy and emissions intensive to manufacture. Both electricity and fuels are used in the manufacturing processes, with some fuels, such as natural gas and diesel, also used a raw material in product manufacture.
We are committed to finding ways to reduce our impact on the environment. In doing this, we are preparing our business for emerging carbon markets and the longer-term transition to a net zero emissions future. It also reduces our exposure to direct carbon costs and drives operational efficiencies.
Our efforts to reduce greenhouse gases emissions prioritise abatement at major production facilities where we can make the most difference. While we explore new ways to reduce our direct and indirect emissions across all our sites and value chain, our major focus is on abating N2O emissions, given the global warming potential of N2O is around 298 times that of CO2.
Our abatement activities have reduced our global N2O emission intensity by over 30% compared to 2010 levels.
Policy development and reporting
Where we participate in regional and national policy development, we advocate for climate change policies based on the following principles:
- Open and transparent international carbon markets
- Managed transition for the energy sector towards low emissions generation
- Consideration of trade exposed businesses and the priority of maintaining relative competitiveness between trading nations.
We monitor our greenhouse gas emissions and report them to relevant government agencies in Australia and Canada, which are home to our major manufacturing facilities.