Yara Brunsbüttel wins the IFA 2015 Green Leaf Award for SHE Excellence


Paris, France, 3 April 2015 – The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) presented its 2015 Green Leaf Award for Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Excellence to Yara Brunsbüttel, Germany, at the Global Safety Summit in Vancouver, Canada, on 24 March.

From left to right
Jim Prokopanko (The Mosaic Company), Jacky de Letter and Sven Kohnke (Yara Brunsbüttel), Esin Mete (Toros Agri Industry and Trade Co. Inc.).

“Winning the IFA Green Leaf Award is a fantastic achievement and an acknowledgment of the hard work and dedication of all the employees at Yara Brunsbüttel”, says Jan-Petter Fossum, Head of Yara HESQ. “The prize is well-deserved and should be an inspiration to others” he adds. The trophy and a certificate were jointly awarded to former Brunsbüttel Plant Manager, Jacky de Letter and Production Manager Sven Kohnke, by IFA President Esin Mete and Jim Prokopanko, the Chairman of IFA’s Technical & SHE Committee.

Yara’s Green Leaf Award application was based on a recent environmental project that allows the plant to run either on heavy fuel oil or natural gas, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) dramatically.  Total emissions reductions achieved 30% CO2, 70% SO2 and 90% NOx.

Brunsbüttel produces ammonia and urea. The 224 employees and 29 apprentices at the plant work consistently towards the “Zero Accidents” top priority.

The IFA Global Safety Summit took place in Vancouver from 23-26 March 2015.  It was organized with the support of The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and brought together 140 SHE executives and CEOs from 40 countries under the theme “Safety, Health and Environment management throughout the product life cycle.”

Every two years, the IFA Green Leaf Award recognizes outstanding SHE performance in fertilizer production among the Association’s membership. The Award forms an integral part of IFA’s Protect & Sustain product stewardship initiative. Product stewardship is in many respects an increasingly important component in fertilizer producers’ SHE management strategy – namely, a strategy promoting solid management of safety, health, environmental and security aspects up and down the supply chain. 

The 2015 ceremony also recognized first runner up ICL Rotem, Israel, and second runner up IFFCO Phulpur, India, as well as Qafco, Qatar, the 2013 Green Leaf Award winner who scored again the highest number of points out of competition, and Shriram Fertilisers & Chemicals, India, for the best progression over the last two years.



Notes to editors

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) is a trade association representing the global fertilizer industry, which provides the crop nutrients that allow farmers everywhere to meet the world's growing food, feed, fiber and bioenergy needs in a sustainable manner. IFA member companies represent all activities related to the production and distribution of every type of fertilizer, their raw materials and intermediates. IFA’s membership also includes organizations involved in agronomic research and training. IFA has some 550 members in about 86 countries. 

Protect & Sustain is the trademark name for the International Fertilizer Industry Association's (IFA) Product Stewardship initiative.  By taking measures to ensure that its products are responsibly-developed, sourced, manufactured, stored, transported and applied, the Association and its participating members are demonstrating their commitment to ensuring that fertilizer and their intermediate products are used to the benefit of all and that its inherent risks are at least minimized- and where possible eliminated.

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