Materials Used by Weight or Volume

Our business uses the following raw materials:

Materials Mined or Consumed
Reported in tonnes
FY2011 FY2012 FY2013
Potash Ore 30,000,000 30,800,000 30,900,000
Phosphate Rock 11,500,000 12,100,000 15,400,000
Limestone 250,000 286,000 283,560
Sulfur 3,500,000 3,600,000 3,579,714
Micronutrients 9,400 11,300 13,985
Ammonia 1,700,000 1,383,000 1,422,466
Notes: The potash ore total includes amount for PotashCorp’s tolling.
Sulfur figures include the total used to produce sulfuric acid and in MicroEssentials®.
Mirconutrients totals include zinc, boron and cupric oxide.
Ammonia figures include both purchased and produced ammonia.

Limestone is used to produce our animal feed products and for water treatment processing. Sulfur, a by-product of crude oil and natural gas de-sulfurization, is used to produce steam, electricity and sulfuric acid, which is used to produce phosphoric acid. We use by-product heat from sulfuric acid production to generate steam that we use in our operations and to generate electricity. Sulfur is also used in the production of our MicroEssentials product line. Various micronutrients, including boron, zinc, sulfur and cupric oxide, are key ingredients in our MicroEssentials product line. Ammonia is used in our finished products, DAP, MAP and MicroEssentials, and to neutralize the pH of the stack gases at our Esterhazy potash mine.


Percentage of Materials Used That Are Recycled Input Materials

Sulfur is the most significant recycled raw material in our manufacturing processes. The sulfur used is recovered from crude oil and natural gas processing and then recycled in our plant operations to produce sulfuric acid, which we use to make phosphoric acid, steam and electricity. In 2012, sulfur made up approximately 6.9% by weight of our total raw materials. We recycle the catalyst used in our sulfuric acid production and recover the vanadium for recycling. We also use recycled oil as a flotation aid in our phosphate beneficiation process.



Direct Energy Consumption by Primary Energy Source

Mosaic’s worldwide total direct energy consumption in 2012 was 88.3 million gigajoules (GJ).

Direct Energy Consumption – by Energy Source

Approximately 97% of Mosaic’s worldwide total direct energy consumption in 2012 was from two sources: waste heat from sulfuric acid production and natural gas. The remaining portion was made up of petroleum products and propane.

Our Phosphate operations require the production and consumption of sulfuric acid to liberate crop nutrients (phosphorous) from raw material inputs. The manufacture of sulfuric acid is an exothermic process, generating tremendous amounts of waste heat. Most of our finished phosphate crop nutrient manufacturing operations have installed bottoming cycle combined heat and power systems to convert this waste heat primarily into steam, used in the phosphate manufacturing facilities and mines.

In 2012, our Phosphate operations used a portion of this energy to produce 4.9 million GJ of electricity. We consider the waste heat from sulfuric acid production to be a direct primary energy source for our operations.

Natural gas is primarily used in our Phosphates and Potash operations to generate thermal energy for drying. However, a small portion of this fuel is used to produce steam for internal combined heat and power generation.

Energy Consumption by Source
(Million GJ)
2009 2010 2011 2012
Waste Heat and Steam 52.9 56.8 58.7 56.0
Natural Gas 21.6 27.8 24.6 29.3
Petroleum Products 1.6 1.7 1.2 3.0
Other Source 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Total 76.1 86.3 84.5 88.3
Notes: 2012 quantity of other source, primarily liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), accounted for approximately 0.003 million GJ.
Waste heat and steam from the processing of sulfur is used as a source of energy.

Direct Energy Consumption

Approximately 98% of Mosaic’s worldwide total direct energy consumption is attributable to its phosphate and potash crop nutrient manufacturing operations. Of this, 75% is consumed in the production of phosphate crop nutrients while 23% is consumed in production of potash. The remaining 2% is consumed within Mosaic’s product distribution network and international production facilities.


Indirect Energy Consumption by Primary Energy Source

Mosaic consumes indirect energy solely through the purchase of electricity produced by third parties. Mosaic’s worldwide indirect energy consumption was 9.4 million GJ for 2012. Companywide indirect energy consumption rose from 2011 levels, due primarily to downtime of the turbo generator used to convert waste heat into cogenerated electricity at our Uncle Sam facility.

Indirect Energy Consumption – by Fuel Source

Approximately 11% of Mosaic’s worldwide indirect energy consumption is from renewable sources, including hydroelectric, bio-mass sources and wind power. Since 2009, almost 100% of the electricity used in our Brazilian operations has come from hydroelectric sources.

As mentioned in EN3, Mosaic's Phosphates operations produce a significant amount of electrical power through steam turbine generation from waste heat generated in sulfuric acid production. Phosphate crop nutrient manufacture requires the production and consumption of sulfuric acid to liberate crop nutrients (phosphorous) from raw material inputs. The manufacture of sulfuric acid is an exothermic process, generating excess waste heat. In 2012, Mosaic’s Phosphates operations produced 4.9 million GJ of electricity through this process. Of this 4.9 million GJ, Mosaic consumed approximately 4.2 million GJ internally, offsetting the purchase of electricity from third-party utilities.

Mosaic continuously looks for opportunities to improve the efficiency of, and expand the electricity output of, our cogeneration assets. The installation of new transmission lines from our plants to our mines will allow Mosaic to increase internal consumption of produced electricity.

In 2012, Mosaic exported approximately 0.67 million GJ of electricity to the electrical grids for use by local utilities. This is notable as Mosaic’s sulfuric acid manufacture cogeneration received formal recognition as “renewable energy” in Florida statutes in October 2005 (FS 366.91).


Energy Saved Due to Conservation and Efficiency Improvements

Mosaic emphasizes continuous energy improvements in our manufacturing facilities and support functions. This process is part of a broader strategic business plan designed to help Mosaic meet or exceed production and profitability requirements. This plan includes strategies for lowering purchased energy consumption through more efficient processes and maximizing use of energy generated through the crop nutrient manufacturing process.

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

In addition, Mosaic regularly conducts energy audits to help identify potential efficiency projects assess 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 initiatives. Projects are monitored and audited, and the resulting metrics are used to establish key performance indicators. These efforts reduce Mosaic’s overall energy profile, operational costs and use of indirect natural resources.

Mosaic also emphasizes energy efficiency in our office facilities. In 2013, Mosaic’s Florida Corporate Headquarters received ENERGY STAR certification. Mosaic’s leased Regina, Canada, offices were built to LEED standard and included the purchase of interior design elements, furniture and products, as well as other energy efficiencies associated with LEED. The LEED certification process is underway.

Due to conservation and efficiency improvement projects that were executed in 2012, Mosaic forecasts annual energy savings of approximately 203,000 GJ. Several examples of energy efficiency efforts by our operations are outlined below.

Energy Efficiency Efforts by Operations
GRI Reference Activity Type Location Description of Activity Estimated Annual Energy Savings (GJ) Estimated Annual CO2e Savings (metric tonnes CO2e)
EN5 Energy Efficiency: Process Riverview The addition of a rock slurry tank at the Riverview facility allows the ball mill system to run more efficiently. 51,400.80 8,636.00
EN5 Energy Efficiency: Process Bartow Installation of a higher efficiency turbine, as well as re-rating of an existing turbine, resulted in annual energy and CO2e savings. 31,536.00 5,298.00
EN5 Energy Efficiency: Process Bartow Operations adapted existing best practices at Mosaic’s New Wales facility and succeeded in eliminating the simultaneous use of two vacuum pumps at Bartow’s phosphoric acid plant. By using only one vacuum pump at a time, Bartow saved energy and avoided associated CO2e emissions. 3,153.60 530.00
EN5 Process Emission Reduction Riverview A preheater installed at the Riverview facility allows the plant to use steam rather than natural gas to heat the air required to run the product dryers. The addition of this preheater resulted in natural gas savings of .012 million Btu/tonne of dry product. 11,934.79 1,287.15
EN5 Process Emission Reduction Bartow The upgrade of a heat exchanger and installation of an additional heat exchanger at Bartow’s sulfuric acid plant allow the heat recovery system to run more efficiently, creating additional steam to be used in the manufacturing and cogeneration processes. 47,304.00 7,947.00
EN5 Behavioral Change Hookers Prairie Our Hookers Prairie mine initiated a competition among dragline employees that focused on increasing awareness of energy conservation site-wide. 56,764.80 9,536.00
EN5, EN7 Energy Efficiency: Building Services QMF China The conversion of approximately 25 non-LED lights to LED fixtures at our QMF China facility resulted in energy and maintenance savings. 100.00 0.10
EN5, EN7 Energy Efficiency: Building Services Wingate The conversion of 309 non-LED lights to 618 LED fixtures resulted in energy and maintenance savings. 1,549.90 0.10
EN6 Transportation Fleet Florida Phosphates Mosaic’s Florida Phosphates Supply Chain is in the process of converting portions of our contracted trucking fleet to natural-gas powered trucks. The use of natural gas instead of diesel will result in significantly lower emissions of particulates and nitrogen oxides (up to 50% lower) and greenhouse gases (potentially up to 25% lower), resulting in lower Scope 3 emissions. We estimate that this change to the way we transport our raw materials, in-progress materials and finished product will save over $1 million annually. - 100,000.00
EN6 Transportation Fleet Florida Phosphates Mosaic partnered with a rail provider to increase rail capacity in Central Florida. These projects reduce Scope 3 emissions. - 20,000.00
EN6 Low Carbon Energy Purchase Canada In 2012, Mosaic signed a voluntary Greenpower purchase agreement with the energy utility in Saskatchewan to purchase 73,000 KWh per year for the next two years to provide power specifically for a new on-site building that meets the LEED certification. - 55.48
EN6 Low Carbon Energy Installation Four Corners, South Pierce, Groves Mosaic is conducting voluntary trials with renewable fuels as a low carbon energy source. Medium to large scale trials of both ethanol- and soy-based bio-diesel were initiated in 2012 and are ongoing. Small-scale solar projects were also initiated in 2012. - 100,000.00
EN6 Product Design New Wales Full scale production of Nexfos®, a new animal feed product, was implemented in 2012. Mosaic designed the product, the first innovation in feed-grade phosphate in 40 years, to reduce water and energy requirements while maintaining high performance. 12,600.00 24,351.00
EN6, EN7 Low Carbon Energy Installation Uncle Sam In 2012, Mosaic rebuilt an 11 megawatt hour (MWH) turbine generator (TG) for heat recovery cogeneration at the Uncle Sam sulfuric acid plant in Louisiana that will produce half the electrical power required to run the plant, reducing monthly electricity costs and associated GHG emissions. 346,896.00 49,144.00

For more information on Mosaic’s investment in these projects, please see our 2013 CDP response.


Initiative to Provide Energy Efficient or Renewable Energy Based Products or Services, and Reductions in Energy Requirements as a Result of These Initiatives

Renewable Energy Based Products or Services

Mosaic’s three-pronged approach of energy management through cogeneration, conservation and greater efficiency aims to lead the industry in reducing the energy we use and maximizing the clean energy we generate. In Mosaic’s Sustainability Goals, published in 2012, we reiterate our commitment to evaluating alternative energy sources to satisfy Mosaic’s energy requirements. Since 2008, we have improved our total energy per tonne of finished product by over 10%.

A portion of the electricity required in Mosaic’s operations is satisfied through internal generation of electricity. This process of waste heat recovery, called cogeneration, allows several of our plants and mines to significantly reduce the amount of third-party electricity required from utilities. In October 2005, the Florida state legislature formally recognized that cogenerated electricity is “renewable energy” under Florida statute 366.91. In 2012, Mosaic produced enough electricity – approximately 5.9 million GJ through cogeneration – to satisfy 39% of our companywide electrical demand. At times when energy production exceeds internal demand, Mosaic sends surplus energy to the local utility grid. In 2012, Mosaic exported 0.67 million GJ of electricity to local utility grids – enough energy to supply approximately 13,000 residential homes in the Tampa Bay area with electricity for an entire year. Mosaic expanded our network of transmission lines in Florida, allowing for over 1 million GJ of cogenerated electricity to be sent for use to our mines.

Energy Efficient Based Products or Services

Innovation is one of Mosaic’s strategic priorities. Built on our industry-leading product, process and sustainability solutions, it shapes our long-term strategy as we seek to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions while delivering unique value to our stakeholders. Mosaic has a vested interest in the success of our customers, for it is their efforts that provide the food that feeds the world. To this end, Mosaic has developed several products and services that enhance customers' productivity and positively impact their energy efficiency.

For example, in 2012, Mosaic began full-scale production of Nexfos®, the next generation feed-grade phosphate that is characterized as being a combined source of highly available phosphorous, calcium and sodium. Not only is Nexfos the first innovation in feed-grade phosphate in 40 years, the product is helping Mosaic meet its commitment to sustainability by reducing its environmental footprint. The Nexfos production process has significantly reduced the carbon footprint associated with the production of comparable feed phosphates by requiring approximately 60% less water, 70% less natural gas and 55% less electricity per ton to produce. It also reduces purchasing, storing and handling costs for consumers.

In addition, Mosaic maintains active partnerships with industry-leading research centers, targeting agriculture efficiency and productivity improvements. For more information on our partnerships, please see EN26.

Energy efficient or renewable energy based initiatives resulted in approximately 350,000 GJ of energy savings. Please refer to the table in EN5 for additional information on our efforts to provide energy efficient or renewable energy based products or services.


Initiatives to Reduce Indirect Energy Consumption and Reductions Achieved

Mosaic is concerned with the overall energy impact of our business, including effects outside our operational boundaries. We actively pursue opportunities with the potential to reduce our indirect energy consumption.

Energy efficiency savings are outlined in EN5 and discussed in detail in the Energy Efficiency Efforts by Operations table. Some additional examples of our efforts include:

  • Video Conferencing Systems – Mosaic has invested capital into, and is currently commissioning video conferencing systems, for seven facilities within the Phosphates business unit. These systems will supplement the existing conferencing equipment located at Mosaic's worldwide facilities, including locations in Canada and South America. We believe that the technology of enterprise video conferencing systems has matured to the point that it can effectively offset a portion of domestic and international employee travel. By eliminating a portion of car and air travel with these conferencing systems, Mosaic’s indirect energy consumption from travel is expected to decline.
  • Alternative Work Schedules – Several of Mosaic’s Potash business unit locations implemented temporary or full-time alternative work schedules that have the potential to reduce employee commute time and expense. Several locations have implemented schedules similar to four by ten work weeks where a portion of the workforce works a combination of four work days for ten hours instead of the more traditional five days for eight hours. By reducing the work week by one day, participating employees lower their commute-related fuel consumption by 20% and, therefore, contribute to a decrease in Mosaic’s overall indirect energy consumption.



Total Water Withdrawn by Source

Global Water Withdrawals
Total Water Used by Business Unit (All units '000 m3)
Business Unit Source CY2010 CY2011 CY2012
Groundwater 9,729 10,911 10,366
Surface Water 9,269 17,713 19,266
Municipal & Industrial - - -
Wastewater - - -
Groundwater 52,762 47,632 60,643
Surface Water* 215,647 191,238 196,588
Municipal & Industrial 63 32 61
Wastewater 713 736 875
Groundwater 209 203 209
Surface Water 93 - -
Municipal & Industrial 49 62 57
Wastewater - - -
Notes: (*) Includes once-through cooling water. Approximately 43% of Phosphates business unit surface water withdrawals are used for once through cooling.

The primary sources of water for operations are surface water, groundwater and rainwater. Secondary sources of water include water supplied by local authorities and partially treated industrial and domestic wastewater, also supplied by local authorities. Surface water withdrawals include once-through cooling water used by facilities in Louisiana.

For 2012 reporting, Mosaic has included municipal, desalinated and industrial (treated or partially treated wastewaters) water sources for the United States, Canada and offshore operations.

Mosaic operations capture rainfall, a portion of which is impounded and used in the various production processes, with some discharged through permitted outfalls at Phosphates facilities. Traditionally, Mosaic has considered captured rainfall use as an “alternative water supply,” and it is used in part to estimate recycle/reuse water usage rates at Florida concentrate and minerals operations.

Mosaic’s water withdrawals per tonne of dry product crop nutrient and animal feed production are as follows:

CY2012 Water Withdrawals/Production Intensity
m3 per ton of finished product
Potash 3.58
Phosphates 25.60*
International 0.45
Notes: Water intensity = Volume water used in making product (m3)/volume of product created (tons).
(*) Includes once-through cooling water. Approximately 43% of Phosphates business unit surface water withdrawals are used for once-through cooling.


Water Sources Significantly Affected by Withdrawal of Water

When recycled water is not available in adequate supply, Mosaic’s Central Florida operations are primarily dependent on groundwater to supply ongoing phosphate rock and fertilizer production. Local regulations require that permit holders regularly evaluate and report on efforts to develop alternatives to groundwater for their processing needs. Mosaic has significantly reduced groundwater usage in Florida by more than 50% over the last 20 years. In 2012, we reached a new agreement with water management regulators to further reduce our permitted groundwater usage by combining water use permits for Mosaic-owned phosphate mining and fertilizer manufacturing operations in Central Florida. This Integrated Water Use Permit (IWUP) will voluntarily and significantly reduce Mosaic’s daily permitted groundwater usage by more than 30% over the next 20 years.

We work as responsible water stewards at every step of our operations. During the permitting process, we engage experts to identify high-quality wetlands, streams and floodplains of important bodies of water for preservation. Once mining is underway, we carefully monitor these waters to ensure they meet strict water quality standards.

The final Areawide Environmental Impact Statement (AEIS), a two-plus year study released in June 2013 by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), evaluating the cumulative impacts of phosphate rock mining in Central Florida, concludes that the effects from mining on groundwater resources would have a “minor level of magnitude, which would not be significant.”

Mosaic has developed a long-term water strategy for our Florida operations to conserve water resources and reduce the amount of water we impound for operational use. To accomplish this, each Mosaic facility is involved in investigating opportunities to lower consumptive use of groundwater and utilize alternative sources.


Percentage and Total Volume of Water Recycled and Reused

Responsible use of water is a fundamental component of Mosaic’s global sustainability vision. Our water management programs involve facility-specific and business unit-wide initiatives to reduce our water footprint. Facilities continuously monitor and evaluate water use to ensure it is minimized, and water recycling and reuse are maximized.

Recycle and reuse percentage rates for Mosaic’s Potash and Phosphates operations are presented below. Rates and volume are based on total water used by facility, less freshwater withdrawals.

Recycle and Reuse Volume and Rate
Business Unit Recycle Volume ('000m3) Recycle Rate
Potash 195,068 89%
Phosphates - Concentrates 321,770 94.6%
Phosphates - Minerals 525,520 95.3%
Notes: Carlsbad, Faustina, South Pierce and Uncle Sam are not included in respective business unit calculations.
Belle Plaine and Hersey are solution mines and therefore, water use and methodology for recycle/reuse rate differs from shaft mining operations.
Mosaic operations capture rainfall, a portion of which is impounded and used in the various production processes, with some discharged through permitted outfalls at Phosphates facilities. Traditionally, Mosaic has considered captured rainfall use as an “alternative water supply,” and it is used in part to estimate recycle/reuse water usage rates at Florida concentrate and minerals operations.
Captured rainfall is not a regulated permitted freshwater use.



Location and Size of Land Owned, Leased, Managed in or Adjacent to Protected Areas and Areas of High Biodiversity Value Outside Protected Areas

As of December 31, 2012, Mosaic owned or controlled about 329,548 acres of land in Florida related to our Phosphates mining operations. Approximately 100,000 acres of Mosaic’s land holdings in Florida are either in the mine permitting process or have not yet entered the permitting process. For each permit, Mosaic works with a team of professional biologists, hydrologists and other specialists, and in conjunction with as many as 12 local, regional, state and federal regulatory agencies to ensure that all mined areas can be successfully reclaimed and to identify areas of high environmental sensitivity that should be protected.

As of December 31, 2012, Mosaic owns more than 19,000 acres in Florida on which it has proposed, committed or executed conservation easements in order to ensure long-term protection of lands or waters of particular sensitivity.

We operate three Canadian Potash facilities, all located in the southern half of the province of Saskatchewan, including our solution mine at Belle Plaine, two interconnected mine shafts at our Esterhazy shaft mine and our shaft mine at Colonsay. Mosaic has mineral rights over approximately 500,000 acres in Saskatchewan for potash mining and surface rights to approximately 30,000 acres. Since shaft mining occurs at over 3,000 feet below surface and solution mining requires limited acreage for pipeline and cluster infrastructure, the only surface areas that are disturbed are the actual footprint of the mine shaft and the adjacent above-ground processing facilities.


Description of Significant Impacts of Activities, Products and Services on Biodiversity in Protected Areas and Areas of High Biodiversity Value Outside Protected Areas

Mining for phosphate ore in Florida is primarily undertaken using surface mining techniques with large earthmoving equipment such as draglines. This is primarily because the ore body is overlaid by sandy soils with a high water table that is not conducive to underground mining. Due to its unique geology, a dredging technique is utilized at our Wingate mine.

Discussions regarding ecological resource preservation are held between Mosaic and the regulatory agencies during the permit application process. Preservation areas can include floodplains, as well as high-quality wetland or upland habitats. Such evaluations include the type and quality of the habitat. Balancing the supply of phosphate, an important natural resource, against what is generally a temporary disturbance of ecological resources, is an essential consideration through this process.

During the phosphate mining process, parcels are directionally cleared for mining to allow highly mobile animals to move to adjacent undisturbed or preservation areas. In addition, Mosaic obtains permits to relocate specific species in compliance with federal and state laws. After permit approval, state law requires mining parcels to be recontoured and planted with vegetation within two years of the completion of mining activities. Once a particular parcel is mined and reclaimed, many vertebrates and invertebrates will repopulate the site. To ensure biodiversity, Mosaic may also restock the areas with certain species, such as the gopher tortoise, that may have previously resided on the parcel but had been moved from the site prior to mining.

Phosphate mining in Florida, representing our largest phosphate reserve holdings, is heavily regulated by as many as 12 local, regional, state and federal permitting authorities. This robust regulatory oversight is combined with (a) areas that are set aside from mining, (b) reclamation practices that are best in class and (c) monitoring activities such as the Horse Creek Stewardship Program and Peace River Monitoring Programs, which are designed to monitor for and protect against any significant permanent impact on biodiversity either within or outside of our property boundaries.

Potash mining operations in Canada and the United States use shaft and solution mining techniques where impacts are highly localized. Therefore the impacts to wildlife and habitats are similarly highly localized.


Amount of Land Disturbed and Rehabilitated

Mosaic reports our Florida mining and reclamation activities to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Mining and Minerals Regulation. The figures reported below are based on the most recent version of the bureau’s publicly available Rate of Reclamation Report.

Amount of Land Disturbed and Reclaimed
Phosphate Operations (Florida) 2011 Acres Hectares
Mined in 2011 2,255 912.57
Reclaimed Through Vegetation in 2011 6,474 2,619.94
Released in 2011 6,356 2,572.18
1975 through 2010
Mined 7/1/1975 through 12/31/2010 127,554 51,619.27
Total Reclamation (Vegetated + Released) 87,490 35,405.95
Reclaimed Land 1975 through 2010
Reclaimed Through Vegetation or Under Industrial-use Criteria 46,649 18,878.18
Reclaimed and Released 40,841 16,527.77
Notes: Acres Released: Acreage on which reclamation has been performed and the area has been released from further reclamation obligation pursuant to Chapter 378, Florida Statutes (FS) and Chapter 62C-16, Florida Administrative Code (FAC).
Acres Reclaimed through Vegetation or Under Industrial Use Criteria: Acreage on which contouring and final vegetation has been completed. Some of the acres include lands granted permission to allow reclamation of mandatory lands to an alternate use and have been reclaimed for their intended use.
Total Reclamation is the sum of Acres Reclaimed through Vegetation or Under Industrial Use Criteria and Acres Released.
All data through December 31, 2010, was compiled from Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Mining and Minerals Rate of Reclamation Report 2010.


Habitats Protected or Restored

In our Phosphate mining operations, we restore or reclaim every acre of land that is impacted by our activities, with certain areas of high environmental sensitivity set aside for preservation. Mined lands are reclaimed to land uses such as wetlands, uplands, wildlife habitats, parks, neighborhoods and agricultural lands. Much of this land is also suitable for future conventional development such as housing and commercial use.

Mosaic planted 975,909 trees in 2012, reclaiming wetlands and significant upland habitats on an acre-for-acre basis per permitting requirements.

Additionally, Mosaic works closely with one of our primary regulators, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Bureau of Mining and Minerals Regulation, to integrate habitat networks and wildlife corridors into our reclamation planning efforts. The FDEP created and implements and encourages permittees to participate in the development of an Integrated Habitat Network (IHN) to benefit the water quality and quantity in the area, improve wildlife habitat, and serve as a connection between the mining region’s rivers and significant environmental features outside the mining region.

Mosaic has fostered partnerships with, and funding for, a variety of NGOs and academic institutions to advance our understanding of the habitats we manage through reclamation. Examples of these groups include the Tampa Bay Watch, The Nature Conservancy and Audubon of Florida.


Strategies, Current Actions and Future Plans for Managing Impacts on Biodiversity

Mosaic is committed to minimizing our impacts on the environment through responsible mine planning, permitting, operation and reclamation practices.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Mining and Minerals Regulation (BMMR) oversees mining operations in Florida. The mine permitting process includes performing extensive ecological, wildlife and hydrological surveys, leading to the establishment of boundaries for preservation of areas identified as having important ecological value. In addition to the required state, federal and county permits and approvals, BMMR requires the preparation of a Conceptual Reclamation Plan (CRP). The CRP is inclusive of the entire mine site, including the preserved areas outside the operational boundaries. The CRP compares the post-mining, or reclamation plan, to existing site conditions, evaluating site topography, surface water hydrology and impacts to habitats. The CRP also outlines the project schedule. With respect to water quality, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, through its delegation to the FDEP, oversees protection of water quality for storm water, groundwater and surface water originating from mined areas.

Phosphates and Potash operations' interaction with wildlife in the United States is regulated by state agencies and by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). These state and federal agencies maintain lists of species, and Mosaic develops species-specific habitat management plans to ensure species are properly protected. In addition, Mosaic works closely with these regulators to fund and conduct research that promotes the goal of wildlife and habitat conservation.

Mosaic uses a combination of database searches and geographic information system (GIS) mapping in conjunction with field surveys to document the occurrence or potential for occurrence of state and federally listed floral and faunal species within operational areas. Mosaic evaluates potential impacts on plant and animal species based on those protected by applicable local, state and federal regulations. Wildlife surveys are performed prior to the submission of mine permit applications. Once approved, but prior to mining disturbance, additional surveys are performed to ensure the most up-to-date information is available in the event there has been wildlife immigration or changes to nesting/ breeding areas. At that time, relocations or nest removal for certain species may occur, with proper permits; while for other species protection zones and setbacks are established as required by law. Nest removals, regardless of the species, require all eggs to have hatched and that no flightless young be reliant on the nest.

Significant electrical infrastructure is required to support phosphate mining operations. For Mosaic, as for electrical utilities, electrical structures present a risk of avian injury or mortality. Consequently, Mosaic developed an Avian Electrocution Prevention Plan (AEPP), submitted to the USFWS and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). This plan, under which Mosaic currently operates, helps to identify high-risk structures and guide retrofitting the lines and facilities that pose the greatest risk of electrocution to large avian species, based on their nesting and feeding sites. The plan demonstrates and furthers Mosaic’s long-standing corporate policy of wildlife protection and wildlife habitat management and restoration.

In our Potash facilities located in Saskatchewan, Canada, our approach to evaluating potential impacts to biodiversity includes biological assessments of proposed expansion sites. These assessments include field surveys to identify rare species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians of special concern that may be impacted. Survey methods follow those recommended by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre. Biological assessments for the proposed Phase IV and V Brine Ponds at the Esterhazy K2 site, tailings expansion area at our Colonsay mine site, K1 Pond F expansion areas and the entire Esterhazy K3 mine site also followed this approach.

The potash mine in Carlsbad, New Mexico has developed an Avian and Bat Protection Plan (AVBP) to minimize risks to migratory birds and bats that can be attracted to mining and milling areas. Mosaic has also partnered with the USFWS to study risks associated with migratory birds and bats in order to develop future strategies aimed at reducing avian and bat mortality.


The Number and Percentage of Total Sites Identified as Requiring Biodiversity Management Plans According to Stated Criteria, and the Number (Percentage) of Those Sites With Plans in Place

All active sites within the United States and Canada operate in compliance with federal, state/provincial and local regulations related to management of habitat and wildlife. Phosphate mining operations within the United States require extensive assessment of the proposed area of operation. Mosaic performs environmental site assessments, impact studies and hydrologic modeling, and prepares conceptual reclamation plans prior to receiving a permit to operate on a parcel of land.

Biodiversity in flora and fauna is an important part of reclamation. Most mitigation plans have biodiversity requirements that must be monitored by qualified ecologists and reported to appropriate regulatory agencies as part of permit conditions or regulations. In fact, compliance with these biodiversity standards is a requirement that must be met before regulatory agencies will deem a site successfully reclaimed.


Number of IUCN Red List Species and National Conservation List Species With Habitats in Areas Affected by Operations, by Level of Extinction Risk

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Species Possibly Affected by Operations
IUCN Red List Designation Phosphates Operations
U.S. Potash Operations
(New Mexico)
Canada Potash Operations
Louisiana Operations
Endangered 0 0 0 2 - Pallid sturgeon, Alabama Heelsplitter
Vulnerable 3 - Florida Mouse, Gopher Tortoise and Florida Scrub Jay 1 - Sagebrush Dune Lizard 0 1 - West Indian Manatee
Near Threatened 2 - Gopher Frog and Short Tailed Snake 0 0 1 - Gulf Sturgeon
Least Concern 18 - Burrowing Owl, Florida Black Bear, Sandhill Crane, Florida Pine Snake, Least Tern, Limpkin, Little Blue Heron, Osprey, SE American Kestrel, Sherman’s Fox Squirrel, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, Wood Stork, Eastern Indigo Snake, Northern Crested Caracara, American Alligator, Bald Eagle 24 - American White Pelican, American Coot, Ruddy Duck, Teal, Merganser, Western Grebe, Common Loon, Least Sandpiper, Snowy Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Loggerhead Shrikes, Burrowing Owl, Sandhill Cranes, Northern Shoveler, Scaled Quail, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Horned Lark, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Western Meadowlark, House Finch 5 - Eastern Cottontail, Northern Leopard Frog, Turkey Vulture, Bobolink, Red-Headed Woodpecker 5 - Bald Eagle, Long-tailed Weasel, Four-toed Salamander, Eastern Spotted Skunk, Anhingas
Notes: Avian species listed as affected or possibly affected by New Mexico operations are migratory species with potential migration patterns proximal to the Carlsbad, New Mexico, potash mine.
The table includes species and designations of the IUCN and not species and designations of federal or state/provincial agencies in the United States and Canada, by which Mosaic monitors threatened species.

Mosaic’s Phosphates and Potash operations' interaction with wildlife in the United States is regulated by state agencies (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and New Mexico Game and Fish) and federally by the USFWS. These state and federal agencies have their own lists of species and management plans that vary by agency. Mosaic works closely with these regulators not only to ensure compliance with management plans, but also to fund and conduct research with the goal of conservation of wildlife and conservation of ecological habitats. Mosaic does not specifically track wildlife species per the IUCN Red List designations, but instead tracks species as designated by regulatory agencies with authority in the regions in which we operate.

For example, the area near our Florida phosphate mining operations is home to species listed by federal or state authorities as endangered, threatened or of special concern. Potential impacts have been comprehensively evaluated for each potential mining area. Wildlife agencies have determined that operations would have no impact on those species, or that impacts could be mitigated by minimizing operations in sensitive habitats, creating new habitats for relocation and raising awareness of potential impacts among workers. In our Potash business unit, the rare and endangered species are evaluated as part of our biological assessments for expansion projects.

Emissions, Effluents and Waste


Total Direct and Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Weight

Worldwide Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(tonnes CO2e)
2010 2011 2012
Direct Emissions 2,580,052 2,142,600 2,904,196
Indirect Emissions 1,684,003 1,450,790 1,605,383
Total 4,264,055 3,593,390 4,509,579
Notes: Direct emissions include Mosaic’s consumption of natural gas, sulfur, diesel and other fuels.
Indirect emissions include electricity purchased from third-party utilities.
Mosaic uses guidance from the CDP for calculating and reporting carbon dioxide equivalence (CO2e).

Mosaic’s reported 2012 direct and indirect CO2e emissions data was reviewed and provided a statement of assurance by Trucost in accordance with AA1000AS standards.

In 2012, Mosaic returned to regular production levels at our Faustina ammonia plant. This resulted in increased emissions of CO2, the primary byproduct of anhydrous ammonia production. Emissions associated with purchased electricity also increased due to repairs of a turbo generator at our Uncle Sam plant. The 2012 emissions also included some areas not previously calculated or reported, including greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration units.

Mosaic has established targets for an overall 10% reduction of absolute emissions and a 5% reduction in emissions intensity per tonne of product produced for the Phosphates business unit, by 2015 from 2005 levels. These targets exclude emissions associated with ammonia production and our Potash business unit. Though Mosaic’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2012, largely due to expanded production and resumption of ammonia production at our Louisiana facility, we are still on pace to meet or exceed our reduction targets. We have reduced the North American Phosphates business unit’s absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 (direct and indirect) GHG emissions by more than 13% since 2005.


Other Relevant Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Weight

Mosaic has engaged upstream and downstream stakeholders in our supply chain to better quantify the impacts of our business. In 2012, Mosaic collaborated with vendors and contractors to quantify CO2e emissions associated with business travel and rail transport of raw materials and finished products.

We report ammonia purchases, upstream transportation and business travel as Scope 3 emissions in our 2013 Carbon Disclosure Project submission. Emissions are as follows:

Other Indirect GHG Emissions
(tonnes CO2e)
2011 2012
Ammonia Purchases 9,164,055 6,793,936
Upstream Transportation and Distribution Not calculated 9,397
Business Travel Not calculated 5,335

Scope 3 emissions from ammonia purchases decreased in 2012 due to resumption of ammonia production following downtime for much of 2011. Greenhouse gases from purchased ammonia are based on European Fertilizers Manufacturer Association guidance for a modern ammonia plant.


Initiatives to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reductions Achieved

Mosaic is taking a proactive approach to reductions in emissions, with particular emphasis on improving energy efficiency and waste management. Mosaic’s Sustainability Goals, published in 2012, outline our target to reduce Mosaic’s absolute Greenhouse Gas emissions by 10% and our GHG intensity by 5% in our North American Phosphates business unit from 2005 levels by 2015 (Intensity per tonne of product and GHG targets exclude ammonia production due to pending decision on capacity expansion).We have reduced the North American Phosphates business unit’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 (direct and indirect) GHG emissions by more than 13% since 2005.

Mosaic has implemented innovative efficiency programs in our Phosphates facilities and Potash facilities to target improving energy efficiencies. These programs have a dedicated budget and full-time staff allocation. The goal of these programs, collectively, is to make our businesses more efficient and effective by growing value, increasing our return, transforming business practices, reinventing our culture and promoting accountability. Focus areas to date are procurement optimization (bidding, consolidation of vendors and materials, and consumption of process chemicals); maintenance workflow or execution efficiency, which translates into reduced use of third-party contractors, overtime and Mosaic personnel; energy and operations effectiveness through the understanding of our organization’s “health” or readiness to change and execute change; implementation of a performance management process (metrics-driven top to bottom, along with a cadence of effective discussions and action over those metrics); and OEE, or asset utilization optimization (downtime and utilization improvements to increase production where needed, or decrease emergency downtime, assets needed, etc.).

Greenhouse gas emission reductions resulting from voluntary initiatives reported in EN5, EN6 and EN7 equal approximately 350,000 tonnes of CO2e.

For more information on Mosaic’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change, please see our 2013 Carbon Disclosure Project Response.


Emissions of Ozone-depleting Substances by Weight

Mosaic does not produce CFCs, HCFCs, halon or methyl bromide in any of our operations. Refrigerants used in air conditioning units at our offices and production facilities represent a nominal quantity, and only appropriate outside firms or certified internal technicians maintain these units. Ozone-depleting substances are phased out as required when units are replaced. In 2012, Mosaic inventoried refrigeration units in over half of its worldwide facilities for potential emissions related to Global Warming Potential and Ozone Depleting Potential. Mosaic has targeted the remaining facilities to be inventoried in 2013. Potential greenhouse gases from refrigerants, expressed in CO2e, are included in EN16. Emissions from refrigerants with Ozone Depleting Potential are summarized below.

Emissions of Gases With Ozone Depleting Potential
Phosphates Business Unit (Florida Only) CY2010 CY2011 CY2012
Metric Tonnes CFC-11 Equivalent 0.08 0.07 0.07
Notes: Mosaic does not produce or use HCFCs in mining or manufacturing processes other than in refrigerants.
Values based on inventory of current refrigerants used in air conditioning and refrigeration units calculated for lifetime impact on ozone, not actual releases.
CFC-11 equivalence measures ozone depletion potential.
Mosaic facilities are phasing out ozone depleting substances in accordance with federal regulations as per the Montreal Protocol.


NOx, SOx and Other Significant Air Emissions by Type and Weight

Mosaic recognizes the importance of careful air emissions management and proactive reduction of these emissions from our operations. We use published emission factors and engineering estimates as well as analytical stack sampling results to calculate the following criteria air and other pollutants emissions for Phosphates and Potash operations.

Criteria Air and Other Pollutants
(in '000 tonnes)
2009 2010 2011 2012
NOx 2.26 2.70 3.54 4.56
CO 0.70 0.85 0.94 1.77
PM 2.10 3.73 3.96 3.66
SO2 17.32 22.70 16.94 13.11
VOC 1.64 1.29 1.32 2.61
NH3 1.01 0.77 0.63 1.10
FL 0.08 0.15 0.16 0.15
H2S 0.004 0.014 0.015 0.11
SAM 0.07 0.14 0.14 0.12
HF 0.13 0.38 0.47 0.45
Notes: SO2 changes due to production changes due to market fluctuations and catalyst and rule changes.
HF changes due to emission factor revisions and permit renewals.


Total Water Discharge by Quality and Destination

Discharges from Mosaic's U.S. operations to nearby water bodies are highly regulated through federal NPDES permits (developed by the state and approved by the EPA), which require ongoing demonstration of compliance with effluent limitations. These limitations are based on the water quality standards applicable to the receiving water body for that discharge and are set at levels that protect the designated uses of that water body, as defined by state environmental regulatory agencies. As an overarching principle, water that falls within the active, operational footprint at Mosaic’s mining and fertilizer production facilities is actively managed, treated if necessary, and discharged only through outfalls, whose locations are is permitted through the NPDES program. Discharges are monitored, sampled and analyzed regularly by Mosaic and reported to these regulatory agencies to demonstrate ongoing compliance with these permit limitations. By maintaining compliance with all NPDES permits Mosaic ensures that its discharges meet existing regulations.

In 2012, Mosaic’s Canadian potash facilities helped preserve water quality offsite by maintaining a zero-discharge approach, with the capture of surface water runoff from the sites. In certain circumstances of high precipitation events, offsite discharges of surface water runoff are warranted and are approved in advance by the Ministry of Environment. There were two such instances in 2012.

A significant percentage of the total outfall from Phosphates operations is from rainwater, and discharge rates can vary year to year according to levels of precipitation. In Florida, our operations occur in the following river basins: Alafia River, Little Manatee River, Myakka River, and Peace River. Mosaic's Phosphates facilities in Louisiana have permitted outfalls that discharge water to the Mississippi River. The following table summarizes the total water surface discharge from our Phosphates operations in Florida and Louisiana.

Total Water Discharge – Mosaic Phosphate Business Unit
Units 2010 2011 2012
Phosphates Business Unit Annual Outfall Discharges ‘000m3 404,148.99 178,793.26 321,317.86
Phosphates Outfall Discharge Annual Phosphorous Loadings Tonnes 2,216 1,785 2,465
Phosphates Outfall Discharge Annual Nitrogen Loadings Tonnes 228 123 115
Phosphates Outfall Discharge Annual TSS Loadings Tonnes 9,129 6,388 4,862
Phosphates Outfall Discharge Annual Sulfates Loadings Tonnes 27,119 20,872 23,208
Note: Outfall gallons and loading data for 2010 revised upon receipt of additional data.


Total Weight of Waste by Type and Disposal Method

Wastes generated as part of the mining and processing of potash and phosphate are reported under MM3.

Mosaic’s operations generate a variety of nonhazardous solid wastes, including domestic refuse, construction and demolition debris, waste lubricants and spent sandblast media. Mosaic has placed an emphasis on reducing and/or eliminating waste, and our recycling program seeks to identify materials that can be diverted from landfills and recycled or reused. The following table summarizes materials recycled or reused in 2012.

Recycled Wastes 2012
Waste Stream Weight (Tonnes)
Phosphates 1111.0
Antifreeze 0.5
Ballasts/batteries/bulbs 12.0
Capacitors 3.2
Catalysts 24.3
Diesel, diesel residue, diesel sludge 5.8
Diesel/water 0.4
E-waste/appliances 1.2
Foliage 1.5
Ink and toner cartridges 0.3
Mercury devices 0.0
Oily water 15.5
Paper/cardboard 20.6
Scrap iron 816.6
Single stream recycling 3.9
Steel drums 1.4
Used oil 47.1
Used oil filters 8.1
Washer solvent 2.2
Waste grease and rags 146.4
Potash 73.1
E-waste/appliances 6.0
Ballasts, batteries, bulbs 13.1
Paper 0.9
Poly drums 9.1
Poly drums/pails/totes 10.0
Steel drums 4.3
Used oil 27.3
Used oil filters 2.4
International 723.1
Bags containing micronutrients 5.1
Ballasts, batteries, bulbs 0.8
E-waste/ appliances 0.1
Lubricant waste oil 0.4
Metals 550.5
Paper/cardboard 19.9
Plastics 103.0
Rubber 25.1
Vegetable oil 0.1
Waste oil 18.1
Grand Total (tonnes) 1907.2
Note: Weights of some recycled wastes may have been estimated or inadvertently excluded from this list; therefore, the totals are approximations only.

Mosaic’s waste management program provides assurance that all Mosaic locations have a process in place to minimize waste generation and that waste management practices do not adversely affect the environment or health and safety of employees and the public. Mosaic is in the process of developing an updated, comprehensive waste management strategy that complies with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) legal requirements and conforms to the International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 Standard. Below are examples of hazardous and nonhazardous wastes generated by disposal methods at Phosphates, Potash and International facilities. We anticipate expanding the scope of our reporting for this indicator to include data for all facilities in the near future.

Waste Generated by Disposal Method
(in tonnes)
Hazardous Nonhazardous
FishHawk – Office
Landfill 0.0 0.9
Energy recovery/incineration 0.0 29.4
Recycle 0.1 27.1
Uncle Sam – Phosphate Production
Landfill 0.0 657
Energy recovery/incineration 1.1 0
Recycle 2.2 442
Faustina – Phosphate Production
Landfill 0.0 373
Energy recovery/incineration 0.8 0
Recycle 1.2 445
Hersey – Potash Production
Landfill 0.0 191
Energy recovery/incineration 0.4 0
Recycle 0.0 12.7
Landfill 9.1 1057
Energy recovery/incineration 5.3 41.3
Recycle 24.6 699
Notes: Weights may have been estimated or inadvertently excluded from this list; therefore, the totals are approximations only.
(*) Brazil includes Alto Araguiaia (warehouse and blender), Campo Grande (warehouse and blender), Candeias (warehouse and blender), Fospar (port), Paranagua (warehouse, blender and production), Rio Verde (warehouse and blender), Sorriso (warehouse and blender) and Uberaba (warehouse and blender) facilities. Totals exclude concrete waste.


Total Amounts of Overburden, Tailings and Sludges, and Their Associated Risks

Mining Waste Generated and Disposal Method
(in tonnes)
Material 2010 2011 2012 Disposal Method
Overburden 133,634,000 163,931,613 162,012,906 Used for Reclamation
Tailings 38,655,000 30,885,900 37,459,212 Used for Reclamation
Clay 11,949,000 12,798,551 14,315,162 Dried in Surface Impoundment
Phosphogypsum 19,381,000 20,134,000 21,543,380 Stored in Gypstacks
Tailings (Salt) 9,925,000 12,443,000 9,941,000 Storage or Recycled for Commercial Use
Brine 4,849,000 5,936,000 7,702,800 Deep Well Injection or Evaporation

Mosaic uses best industry practices to manage overburden, tailings and byproducts associated with our mining and production. In addition, Mosaic complies with federal, state and local regulations related to these materials.

Mining and processing of potash and phosphate generate residual materials that must be appropriately managed. Potash tailings, consisting primarily of salt and clay, are stored in tailings management areas. Phosphate clay residuals from mining are deposited in clay settling ponds. Processing of phosphate rock with sulfuric acid generates phosphogypsum that is stored in gypstacks. Surface impoundments for the management of these materials are constructed in compliance with professional engineering standards and regulatory requirements.

Portions of excess salt generated from potash mining is processed and then used for commercial purposes, including road salt, water softener salt, and use in food grade products and industrial uses.


Significant Spills

Environmental Releases
Number of Significant Reportable Releases
Mosaic Business Unit FY2011 FY2012 FY2013
Potash 10 8 12
Phosphates 4 2 3
Distribution 0 0 0
International 0 0 0
Total Significant Releases 14 10 15
Notes: Table includes environmental releases equal to or greater than 2,000 gallons. They were not significant enough to report in our financial statements.
Such releases identified for Potash facilities involved brine and/or raw ore and for Phosphates facilities involved storm water and process water.


Weight of Transported, Imported, Exported or Treated Waste Deemed Hazardous

Mosaic facilities generate hazardous waste during production and maintenance operations. In the United States, Mosaic’s phosphate and potash mining facilities are typically either Small Quantity or Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (which generate less than 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste per month). The four concentrate facilities in the Phosphate business unit are designated as Large Quantity Generators (which generate more than 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste per month). Canadian facilities comply with all national regulations regarding these materials.

The types of hazardous waste generated at Mosaic’s U.S. facilities typically include spent cleaning solvents, paint-related wastes and some spent laboratory chemicals. At concentrate facilities, wastes generated during production and maintenance operations include waste that is characteristically hazardous for corrosivity and/or toxicity (e.g., low pH and/or metals content). Each location has an appropriate hazardous waste management system to ensure that the waste is properly and safely disposed. No hazardous wastes are shipped internationally for disposal.


Identity, Size, Protected Status and Biodiversity Value of Water Bodies, and Related Habitats Significantly Affected by the Reporting Organization’s Discharge of Water and Runoff

The discharge of water and runoff from Mosaic's mining and fertilizer manufacturing is a highly regulated activity that has stringent reporting and compliance requirements. The release of water via storm water or discharge must comply with these requirements. The standards enforced by the regulatory authorities are designed to protect water bodies and associated habitats from degradation and secondary environmental impacts.

Some key examples at our major facilities are:

  • In Florida, our operations occur in the following river basins: Alafia River, Little Manatee River, Myakka River, and Peace River. Any releases are subject to permitting that regulate to maintain ecological integrity and ensure impacts are minimized. The final Areawide Environmental Impact Statement (AEIS), released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in April 2013 following a comprehensive two-plus year study on the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of proposed and reasonably foreseeable phosphate mining projects in the Central Florida Phosphate District, concluded that the effects of mining will not have a significant water quality impact, in part, because the proposed projects are not expected to lead to violations of water quality standards. While NPDES-permitted discharges associated with the proposed alternatives may add some authorized quantity of certain regulated or targeted constituents to receiving waters, the anticipated, resulting levels of these parameters would not constitute health risk nor present an unacceptable risk to stream biota.
  • In Louisiana, our Faustina and Uncle Sam plants intake and outfall to the Mississippi River. This process is highly regulated by the state to ensure that gross contaminant levels are acceptable.
  • For our Canadian Potash operations, we have no off-site releases of water or runoff as part of normal operations.

Products and Services


Initiatives to Mitigate Environmental Impacts of Products and Services

Mosaic has a dedicated agronomy team that conducts field trials to evaluate the performance of our products and develop recommendations to mitigate any potential environmental impact. In 2012, we conducted over 465 small-plot trials in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Canada, India, Northern Latin America (Mexico to Peru) and the United States. These trials were conducted by highly regarded private researchers and universities that follow rigorous scientific standards. In addition, more than 330 demonstration plots were conducted in the same countries via partnerships with customers and growers. In total, nearly 800 plots of research were established in 2012.

Mosaic is collaborating with a highly regarded crop sciences professor and researcher at the University of Illinois to develop advanced agronomic systems aimed at sustainably increasing corn productivity by combining fertilizer best management practices with other agronomic technologies. This research evaluates nutrient requirements of modern corn hybrids and soybean varieties under different field conditions. A complete understanding of field conditions is a precondition of a balanced crop nutrition program.

Educational Tools

Mosaic has developed a new educational initiative targeting both growers and retailers to help them understand fertilizer best management practices as a way of reducing environmental impact. is an educational resource for retailers, growers and media members seeking to better understand soil science, grow crops that are stronger and increase productivity and yield in a sustainable manner. By simplifying highly technical and agronomic information, is an approachable and digestible digital hub of soil fertility and balanced crop nutrition information. provides a wealth of information in various ways, including:

  • Interactive and dynamic content
  • The Agronomy Resource Center, featuring expertise from members of the Mosaic Agronomy Team and timely regional updates
  • Timely and topical blog posts shared on the Agronomy Blog
  • An interactive periodic table of crop nutrients, highlighting each nutrient’s role in plant health and photos to identify nutrient deficiencies
  • Monthly Fertility Facts videos
  • Quarterly AgriSight fact sheets highlighting the latest research and industry trends

The CropNutrition initiative is an integrated effort to inform growers and retailers. Through various vehicles, such as print, radio and digital advertisements, as well as social media channels, Mosaic will provide a consistent flow of information around the topics and trends that contribute up to 60 percent of farmers' yields.

CropNutrition will give unprecedented access to information and expertise from within the walls of a leading agriculture company and its industry-leading partners. Retailers and growers will benefit from Mosaic sharing information that will allow them to think progressively about crop fertility.

Industry Initiatives

The Nutrient Use Geographic Information System (NuGIS) is a Web-based application developed by IPNI that integrates multiple tabular and spatial datasets to create county-level estimates of nutrients applied in fertilizer and livestock manure, nutrients removed by harvested agricultural crops and the resulting balance. Mosaic’s membership in the IPNI helps fund this North American database. We have leveraged this information by providing reports specifically for our customers to help them assess nutrient use efficiency and balance.

4R Nutrient Stewardship (4Rs) is about doing everything “right” in regard to fertilizer application and effectively reducing agriculture’s potential for negative externalities. The 4Rs is an innovative and science-based approach that when applied offers enhanced environmental protection, increased production, increased farmer profitability and improved sustainability. The concept is to use the Right fertilizer source, at the Right rate, at the Right time, in the Right place. For fertilizer use to be sustainable, it must support cropping systems that provide economic, social and environmental benefits. Because the 4Rs is critical for sustainability, Mosaic’s goal is to partner with the fertilizer industry to enhance understanding, adoption and promotion of 4R Nutrient Stewardship among stakeholders.

To help address this challenge, TFI has been working collaboratively with the IFA, the IPNI and the CFI to advance the 4R Nutrient Stewardship initiative. Two goals of the initiative include establishing 4Rs as a recognizable strategy for economic, social and environmental sustainability, and expanding the adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship globally.


Mosaic established and continues to fund the Mosaic Fertilizer Technology and Research Centre at the University of Adelaide, Australia. The Centre focuses on soil chemistry and fertilizer technology, and utilizes the latest technology to develop innovative fertilizer formulations to improve nutrient use efficiency.

Mosaic also has a long-term partnership with a globally recognized plant nutrition expert at Sabanci University in Turkey, whose research focus is balanced crop nutrition and nutrient interactions conducted through greenhouse experiments.

The Mosaic Company partners with The Nature Conservancy as it conducts a three-year conservation pilot in three watersheds in the Upper Mississippi River basin, including the Root River in southeastern Minnesota, the Boone River in northern Iowa and the Mackinaw River in central Illinois. The Conservancy works with local partners, including farmers, in those watersheds to implement and study conservation techniques that best lower nutrient and sediment concentrations by reducing runoff from agricultural landscapes. Through this project, the Conservancy seeks to determine which tools work best in a larger, sub-watershed system, and will then communicate findings to crop producers to guide their farm stewardship decisions.


Percentage of Products Sold and Their Packing Materials that Are Reclaimed by Category

Mosaic products, predominantly fertilizer and animal feed ingredients, are used in various stages of agricultural operations with multiple steps and biological processes. To the extent possible, bulk transport is used to minimize the need for extensive packaging throughout the supply chain. Agricultural operation processes are not within Mosaic’s purview to control; however, the nutrient elements of our products often are recycled into these or other agricultural systems. Examples of these systems include:

  • Fertilizer is applied to the soil and then taken up by plants; the plants can be used for human or animal food. This food is processed and excreted by humans and animals as manure or biosolids, which may be recycled and used as nutrients similar to fertilizers, depending on infrastructure (e.g., publicly owned treatment works (POTW) reuse water distribution systems).
  • Animal feed materials are taken up by animals as food and excreted as manure. These materials may be recycled and used as nutrients similar to fertilizers, depending on infrastructure (e.g., feed lot versus free-range grazing).

To further encourage stewardship of our products, Mosaic has formed a product stewardship team from various disciplines and is pursuing opportunities to cooperate with supply chain and logistical partners to identify and implement stewardship enhancements on a global basis.

A reclaimed product example is our use of sulfur, which is a co-product of the petroleum industry and is reclaimed from the crude oil desulfurization process. Our use of this product prevents an excess of sulfur that otherwise could be disposed of in landfills.

Finally, Mosaic supports and helps promote TFI’s Bulk Blend Workshops and Manual, which eliminates the need for packaging of major raw materials or the final product. This process completely eliminates the need for bags, as the product is transferred from dealer to farmer. Because of the sizing and blending capabilities of our bulk materials, we encourage the use of the bulk blending and delivery system in farming operations.



Monetary Value of Significant Fines and Total Number of Nonmonetary Sanctions for Noncompliance With Environmental Laws and Regulations

Significant Fines and Sanctions
Environmental Fines $64,856.00
Note: Includes three fines paid in 2012 due to an unpermitted discharge of untreated process water at our Bartow facility, failure to meet limits and/or emission rates at our Carlsbad facility, and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan violations at our Riverview facility.



Significant Environmental Impacts of Transporting Products and Other Goods and Materials Used for the Organization’s Operations, and Transporting Members of the Workforce

Mosaic moves approximately 55 million short tons of raw materials, work-in-progress and finished products each year.

To compare fuel efficiency, the industry standard is to measure ton-miles per gallon (ton/miles/gallon).

The following chart compares the efficiency of the various modes of transportation that Mosaic uses to move our raw materials, work-in-progress and finished goods.

The most fuel efficient transport is by Panamax vessels, which carry approximately 66,000 tons of cargo great distances. In North America, cross-Gulf (Gulf of Mexico) barges are quite efficient. Conversely, trucks can carry approximately 25 tons and yield approximately 155 tons/miles/gallon.

For FY2013, our spending on North American transport of materials and products was divided across modes as follows.

The following table summarizes the amount of material transported and number of North American shipments.

Transport Mode and Weight
Mode Tons % by Weight
Vessel and XGULF 12,660,509 23%
River Barge 5,483,393 10%
Rail (cars) 24,881,907 45%
Truck 10,665,880 19%
Pipeline 1,257,392 2%
Total 54,949,082
Notes: This table includes shipments of raw materials and finished product from origin to final destination that originated or ended in North America.
Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.

Energy Use and Emissions – Because diesel or a heating oil derivative fuels most of the transportation, the lowest-cost option for the customer is often the option that uses the least fuel and has the lowest potential environmental impact. The vast majority of our truck shipments occurs within Florida and are associated with time-sensitive intra-company shipments of sulfur, sulfuric acid and phosphate rock. In addition, the distance traveled in most cases is less than 50 miles, making trucks a generally less expensive and more reliable solution.

Environmental impacts of transporting our materials are primarily related to GHG emissions. When distance traveled is less than 50 miles, trucking is generally the most reliable and cost-effective mode of transport.

During the 2012 reporting period, Mosaic and its transportation partners used various fuel and GHG emission-saving initiatives, including:

  • As part of our commitment to sustainability, Mosaic uses RightShip, a vetting service that allows the supply chain team to select vessels that meet certain safety and environmental criteria, including energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions performance. By chartering the most efficient vessels available in terms of fuel consumption, we are reducing the environmental impact associated with transportation of materials.
  • Mosaic continues to convert to a natural gas-powered truck fleet for raw materials and finished products in our Central Florida operations. The use of increased trailer capacity and natural gas instead of diesel will result in significantly lower emissions of particulates and nitrogen oxides (up to 50% lower) and greenhouse gases (potentially up to 25% lower). Based on forecasted shipping volumes, we estimate that this change will save at least $1 million annually.
  • Mosaic, along with our trucking partners, has implemented a number of fuel-saving initiatives, such as automatic engine shutoffs and reduced intra-company truck scaling. We have also invested in faster loading processes to both reduce fuel consumption and total trucks deployed.
  • Mosaic uses specialized Saddleback trailers to increase backhaul usage to reduce “dead head,” or empty loads. These unique trailers can transport molten sulfur from the Port of Tampa to our production facilities and return to the Port with a load of our finished product for shipment to customers.
  • N-ViroMotive locomotives, used at our South Fort Meade mine, use less fuel and emit approximately 80% fewer greenhouse gases than single-engine diesel locomotives.

Waste – Mosaic has funded and promoted the TFI Bulk Blend Workshops and Manual. Transporting and distributing our crop nutrient products in bulk greatly reduces the amount of packaging required to deliver our products to consumers. Most of our crop nutrient products are transported from production facilities to consumers in bulk quantities. Therefore, environmental impacts associated with packaging are eliminated. In some areas where small-scale farmers purchase our products, bulk distribution is not possible.


Total Environmental Protection Expenditures and Investments by Type

Mosaic has expended, and anticipates that we will continue to expend substantial financial and managerial resources to comply with EHS standards, and continue to improve our environmental stewardship.

In fiscal 2013, we spent approximately $230 million for environmental capital expenditures, land reclamation activities, Gypstack closure and water treatment activities.