SABIC: Low-Carbon Urea Shipment to New Zealand

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SABIC Agri-Nutrients Company (SABIC AN) has achieved a major milestone in its commitment to sustainability with the successful global shipment of low-carbon urea to Timaru, New Zealand, on July 21.

This significant achievement not only marks progress towards SABIC's net zero commitment but also represents a pivotal moment for the New Zealand agricultural industry's transition towards a low-carbon future.

The 2,700-tonne consignment of urea was received by Ravensdown, a farmer-owned agricultural co-operative in New Zealand, signifying a momentous step in their journey towards a more sustainable agricultural sector.

The groundbreaking manufacturing solution for low-carbon urea has garnered prestigious recognition and was awarded the Gold Award under the Food and Agriculture Advancements "Soil & Crop" category by the esteemed Edison Awards.

This venture is a testament to Saudi Arabia's pioneering efforts in producing and exporting clean hydrogen and its derivatives, such as ammonia. The collaboration with New Zealand is part of the Kingdom's ambitious strategy to become the global leader in clean hydrogen, forging partnerships with entities worldwide to support their clean energy objectives.

Abdulrahman Shamsaddin, CEO of SABIC AN, emphasised the company's dedication to sustainability and empowering customers to achieve their own sustainability goals. The partnership with Ravensdown is a significant stride in this direction and reinforces SABIC's commitment to providing low-carbon solutions to customers, helping them reach their net-zero targets.

Garry Diack, CEO of Ravensdown, expressed the importance of collaboration with SABIC AN in fulfilling their commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.

As the pressure to lower greenhouse gas emissions intensifies for New Zealand farmers, this collaboration will play a pivotal role in reducing the carbon footprint across the entire supply chain. SABIC AN's innovative manufacturing techniques for urea production have the potential to revolutionise the global fertiliser industry, further solidifying their partnership with Ravensdown.

SABIC AN achieved this remarkable feat by producing urea using low-carbon ammonia, earning the world's first independent certification for low-carbon ammonia production from TÜV Rheinland, a leading testing, inspection, and certification agency.

The certification requires a substantial portion of the manufacturing process's CO2 emissions to be captured and utilised in downstream applications, underscoring the company's commitment to sustainable practices.

The arrival of this groundbreaking shipment in New Zealand heralds a promising future for sustainable agriculture, offering hope for a greener and more environmentally responsible global farming industry. The collaboration between SABIC AN and Ravensdown is a shining example of how partnerships and innovation can drive real change in the pursuit of a low-carbon and sustainable future for all.

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