New Data from the Fertilizer Industry Highlights Sustainability Improvements


March 7, 2022

Arlington, Va., March 7, 2022 – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) today released new data highlighting industry improvement in sustainability performance in key priority areas of workforce safety, energy and the environment, fertilizer use, and industry innovation.

“The 104,000 employees of the fertilizer industry work each day to produce and supply fertilizer to farmers in an effort to feed the world,” said Corey Rosenbusch, TFI president and CEO. “Each step of the supply chain is focused on doing more with fewer resources and the impact on communities and the environment. The data in this report highlights the achievements we’ve made in worker safety and energy and environmental metrics.”

TFI has collected data since 2013 on metrics that provide insight into the industry’s efforts to improve safety, security, sustainability, environmental stewardship, and efficiency. The data announced today was gathered in 2021 and reflects industry operations in 2020.

Report highlights include:

  • In 2020, the industry captured 31 percent of all CO2 generated per ton of nutrient produced. These greenhouse gases are not emitted into the atmosphere and are used for other industrial uses.
  • To reduce the industry’s energy footprint, 40 percent of all energy consumed is generated using waste heat rather than pulling from the electrical grid.
  • Nitrogen producers are using 54 percent less water to produce one ton of fertilizer than they did in 2013.
  • The fertilizer industry is more than twice as safe as industry peers when compared to the industry benchmark data from the Department of Labor.
  • The industry’s performance on the lost time incident rate is the lowest it’s been since data collection began in 2013.

The data includes metrics on segments of the fertilizer industry from fertilizer use on the farm, worker safety, energy and environment, and industry innovation. To learn more about this year’s report, visit


The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is the leading voice of the nation’s fertilizer industry. Tracing its roots back to 1883, TFI’s membership includes fertilizer producers, wholesalers, retailers, and trading firms. TFI’s full-time staff, based in Washington, D.C., serves its members through legislative, educational, technical, economic information and public communication programs. Find more information about TFI online at