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Verdesian Europe and Africa: Embracing Our Global Responsibility

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Verdesian Europe and Africa – Embracing Our Global Responsibility

Can our industry reverse the unintentional damage we’ve done to the environment and climate?

With the next generation of fertiliser stabilisers and to reach our goals, we must close the innovation gap in agriculture, with new technologies and methods of producing food which protect nature.

As one of the largest greenhouse gas emitting sectors of our global economy, efforts to reach the Paris Climate Agreement must put the transformation of global food systems at the heart of change. – SOURCE: UKCOP26 GLASGOW

With the advancement in technology, this has also lead to environmental issues across our industry

Environmental Issues – Ammonia Pollutant | Clean Air

  • Agriculture Is Responsible For 89% In Ammonia Emissions
  • Intensive Agriculture Has Led To x100 More Ammonia
  • Inorganic Fertilisers Are Responsible For 18% Of Ammonia Pollution

Greenhouse Gas Issues – Nitrous Oxide | Clean Air

  • There is x300 More Nitrous Oxide In Our Drinking Water
  • Agriculture Is Responsible For 87% Of Our Nitrous Oxide Emissions
  • Nitrous Oxide Has Seen A 23% Global Increase
  • Nitrous Oxide Has Seen A 20% Atmospheric Increase

Environmental Issues – Nitrate | Clean Water

  • Maximum Nitrate Allowance For Drinking Water Is 50 MG/L
  • Nitrate Levels Have Increased 83% Between 1980 – 2015
  • Excessive Levels To 15% In Nitrate Pollution
  • UK Water Companies Target A 20% Nitrate Reduction

Environmental Issues – Phosphate | Clean Water

  • Phosphate In Water At 0.002 MG/L Is A Safe Level
  • Phosphate Level At 0.006 MG/L Creates Algae Bloom
  • Bacteria Levels Have Increased To 0.006 MG/L
  • Phosphate Level Of 0.006 MG/L Depletes Oxygen

Soil and Microbes

  • Total Microbial Biomass Has Seen A 13% Average Reduction
  • Total Bacterial Biomass Has Seen 17% More Ammonia
  • Total Fungal Biomass Accounts For 19% Ammonia Pollution

Nitrogen applications lower soil pH which then reduces microbial diversity.

The results of our Global Responsibility

What we have done so far

REDUCED IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT | The Air Results

  • Ammonia Emissions Reduced By 85% Over A 14 Day Period
  • Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduced By 61% Over A 226 Day Period

REDUCED IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT | The Soil Results

  • Terrestrial Organisms Have Increased By 0% Over A 12 Month Period
  • Soil Microorganisms Have Increased By 74% Over A 69 Day Period

REDUCED IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT | The Water Results

  • Aquatic Organisms Have Increased x10 Over A 12 Month Period
  • Freshwater Fish Have Increased x10 Over A 12 Month Period
  • Nitrate Leaching Has Decreased By 21% Over A 290 Day Period
  • Phosphate Reduction By 25% With Independent Trials

REDUCED IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT | The Agronomic Trial Results

  • 5.4% Yield Average Increase In 70 Field Trials
  • 3.7% Yield Average Increase In 62 Field Trials
  • 23% Efficiency Increase Over A 7 Month Period

Link To Presentation

You can find the link to our presentation on this here: Embracing Our Global Responsibility

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