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Uralkali aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050

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World Fertilizer,

Uralkali’s Board of Directors has approved its Climate Strategy, containing key goals and actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions until the year 2030.

Uralkali plans to lower GHG emissions intensity (Scopes 1 and 2) by 10% by 2025 and by 20% by 2030. The company also plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

The strategy outlines seven priority areas aimed at reaching these goals. In the short and medium-term, the company will direct its efforts at increasing the energy efficiency of its production and infrastructure assets, transitioning to low-carbon fuel types, including moving away from using fuel oil.

Uralkali will pay special attention to its programme aimed at developing renewable energy. One of the key indicators specified in the strategy is an increase in the share of green electricity in total energy consumption up to 20% by 2025. In late 2021, the company undertook a pilot programme procuring electricity generated from renewable sources.

Uralkali has planned and already partially launched a range of research and development projects and pilot projects in the following areas: CO2 capture and storage, reduction of fuel consumption, conversion of automotive vehicles to alternative types of energy and forest climate projects.

The preliminary amount of investment required to reach the company’s climate goals by 2030, is US$50-100 million.

Vitaly Lauk, Uralkali CEO, commented: "The Company has previously implemented projects to improve energy efficiency, which helped us gain experience by the time global climate change issues became relevant. For Uralkali, the climate agenda opens up new opportunities related to positioning and promoting its products as fertilizers with a low carbon footprint, increasing the efficiency of production processes and additional opportunities for access to green finance."

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