Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Reduction

We Believe That

  • Continuous improvement is a good strategy for managing our business
  • Reducing energy consumption helps us meet our continuous improvement goals and reduce our production costs
  • Reduced energy consumption increases our competitiveness and helps save energy for future generations

Mosaic is committed to continuously working to improve our use of energy, lower our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prepare for potential climate change and climate change regulation. To accomplish these objectives, we have implemented a number of steps to measure, monitor and improve our energy efficiency and operational synergies.

We evaluate whether and to what extent climate change and associated regulations could adversely impact our costs and operating activities, as well as the supply, demand, cost and location of grain and oilseed production. This evaluation is part of a broader strategic business plan designed to help Mosaic meet or exceed production and profitability requirements.

Other aspects of this plan include strategies for lowering purchased energy consumption through more efficient processes and maximizing the use of energy generated through the fertilizer manufacturing process.

To identify and make use of such opportunities, we have formed teams of energy representatives at each site. These teams investigate a number of issues, such as improvements in natural gas use (i.e., efficiencies in boilers, dryers, mine air heating and cogeneration) and improvements in electrical systems (i.e., efficiencies in cogeneration systems, slurry and brine pumping including extensive utilization of variable speed drives, air compression, and heating and lighting systems).

Mosaic regularly conducts energy audits to help identify potential efficiency projects, assessing major manufacturing processes such as combustion, general electrical, electric motor systems, compressed air systems and heating. We also have utility engineers assigned to individual facilities to help identify and execute energy efficiency projects. Projects are measured and the resulting metrics are used to establish key performance indicators.