Environment
ADAMA 2021 ESG REPORT

Environment

As a global agrochemical company, we strive to minimize our environmental impact while supporting farmers' efforts to increase global food production in a more sustainable way. We take a comprehensive approach to monitoring our environmental impact and mitigating risks at every stage of our product life cycle, starting from raw material supplies, to production, transportation, application, and all the way to end-of-life management. This approach enables us to continuously improve our environmental performance indicators. 

Our environmental sustainability policy was designed based on listening and learning from farmers, employees, surrounding communities, environmental organizations, and other stakeholders. This is how we become familiar with their expectations from us, and with innovative technologies and ways that can help us better manage in the field.

We actively work to engage the communities living near our operation sites, to jointly create projects that reduce potential disturbances. In our production plants, we host regular community dialogues to listen to and address public concerns.

For example, we send a biannual operational update to community leaders, as well as run a verified monitoring station that transmits real-time information about chemical emissions, so our stakeholders can be certain that we are well below admissible levels.

HSE Management

To put our commitment into practice, we have established and continuously maintain an effective environmental management system for most of our production processes, based on the International Standard ISO 14001.

Our Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy adopts a sustainable approach to protecting both our People’s health and safety, and the environment, by promoting renewable energy, recycling, and emissions reduction. We strongly maintain our commitment to the nearby communities, and foster a corporate culture of individual responsibility at all our sites.

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ADAMA has updated its HSE and Sustainability Policy to include aspects of process safety, which are associated with environmental incidents such as spills and release. Moreover, ADAMA formulated four new environmental and sustainability procedures covering two-way impact, quantification methods, and short- and long-term activities to meet its global and local sustainability goals. The procedures focus on the following topics:

  • Carbon footprint
  • Water resources use
  • Hazardous materials and waste
  • Reporting and transparency
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Making Environmental Progress

Beyond Compliance

Despite our growing production volumes, we are committed to outperforming regulatory requirements and dramatically limiting our energy, water, and hazardous waste footprint. We have launched a variety of projects that will steadily improve our environmental performance in absolute terms over the coming years.  

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"At ADAMA, we make sure that the HSE field is managed methodically and systematically to ensure significant achievements over time and as part of our commitment to sustainability, which is embedded in our core business. Our publicly published reports and ESG ratings reflect our progress, and we are proud of it."

Eran Segal 
Head of HSE and Operational Sustainability

Eran Segal

Investing in a Greener Future

In 2021, we increased our investment in preventing and mitigating environmental risks while reducing the potential environmental effects of our activities. Specifically, we constructed a new chlorine gas production facility, shifting from technology based on mercury to a membrane-based technology. Moreover, we built a new 5000m3 wastewater reactor and 1000m3 balancing pool to enhance treatment efficiency and redundancy. We installed two new scrubbers to upgrade our air emission control measures. Our facilities are managed according to stringent European directives or analogous local regulations.  

  2019 2020 2021
Investment in facilities (million USD) 9 19 60*
Current costs (million USD) 48 51 54

*Including China ( 19 million USD )

Sustainable Operations

  • We operate five (5) major synthesis sites and twelve (12) formulation and packing sites.
     
  • In 2021, the new Chinese subsidiary, Jiangsu Huifeng Bio Agriculture Co., Ltd, started to report on its environmental and sustainability performance.

 

 

  • Whenever significant changes or new operations are planned, we first carry out a survey to identify potential environmental risks.
  • We strive to improve our production processes by integrating advanced technological and environmental solutions at all our sites.

 

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Meeting ADAMA's emissions goals and continuing our journey to become a more sustainable company compels us to apply the best available technologies.

The following technologies were adopted by ADAMA to realize our environment and sustainability vision:

 

Pillars Technological and organizational solutions
Water and wastewater
  • Biological wastewater treatment plants and desalination plant
  • Treatment and reuse of effluents
  • Closed-loop cooling towers
  • CIP water reuse
Energy use
  • Use of steam and electricity generated by cogeneration natural gas plant
    • Renewable energy sources
Air pollutants and odor nuisance
  • Thermal oxidizer units
  • Denoxers based on ammonia injection
  • Scrubbers
  • Activated carbon systems
  • Sieve and HEPA filters
  • Magnetic pumps
Hazardous waste
  • Condensation system to reuse solvents
  • Dewatering system for reducing volume of sludge
  • Recycling of used plastic packages
Noise nuisance
  • Silencers on stacks and equipment
  • Physical barriers around workshops
  • Acoustic walls
Accident prevention
  • Only certified drivers handle hazardous materials
  • Warehouse employees are trained in safe loading and storage of hazardous materials
  • Warehouses managed in compliance with storage safety constraints and labeling requirements, according to UN code and SDS
  • Facility floor covered with leach-proof concrete and drainage trenches
  • Ground water, marine environment, and air pollutants monitoring at the plant surroundings

 

Looking Ahead

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    Harvest Aids
    Our 2024 Environmental Goals:
    10% reduction in energy generated by fossil fuel in absolute terms and/or per tonne production from 2019 values

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    Harvest Aids
    15% reduction in hazardous waste disposed to landfill or incineration in absolute terms and/or per tonne production from 2019 values

    10% reduction in water consumption in absolute terms and/or per tonne production from 2019 values

Sustainability Assessments

ADAMA is continuously improving its sustainability performance in leading global and local ESG ratings. EcoVadis and Maala (Israeli sustainability ranking organization) ratings focus on environment, labor and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.

CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) focuses on climate change impact, disclosure practices, targets, policies, and governance.

EcoVadis ranked ADAMA for 2020 data at “Bronze” level and Maala as “Platinum+”.

The 2021 assessment is ongoing for both initiatives, and final scores will be available towards Q3 2022. CDP ranked ADAMA as D, typical for first year companies, starting their climate change journey.

We used these ESG ratings to analyze the results, formulate a detailed gap analysis and prepare a multiyear plan.

 

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    Looking Ahead
    ADAMA intends to join the Together for Sustainability Initiative (TfS) of global chemical companies. Therefore, to enable us to join, we are making a continuous effort to increase our EcoVadis score to at least 60 (current score is 52).
    We will also continue our efforts to improve our CDP score.

Learning and Improving

Since 2022, ADAMA HSE and sustainability newsletters have provided global information on new regulations, major HSE incidents, and sustainability activities of agrochemical companies.

The goal is to expose our HSE teams to upcoming regulations, implement corrective actions from external HSE incidents, and to learn about sustainability activities within our industry.

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We treat all accidents with the highest care, and invest in training and a culture of safety, so that even though we cannot guarantee a zero-incident rate, we can learn from mistakes to prevent future occurrences.

In 2020, we experienced four major incidents, which were immediately contained and treated.

Case Study

Odor Nuisance at Makhteshim Production Site, Neot Hovav Israel (2021)

Poor control of PCMM (Perchloromethyl mercaptan) emissions from a production facility caused an odor nuisance at the site and neighboring communities. We identified the root cause of the emissions and replaced a bag filter system to sharply decrease emissions and odors.

Overflow of Effluents from a Storage Tank at Makhteshim Production Site, Beer Sheva, Israel (2021)

We stopped effluent flow in the pipe, pumped excess effluents to a tanker back to the wastewater treatment plant, identified the breakdown point, and fixed the broken pipe within a few hours. An electrical check to detect leaks along the pipeline was embedded into routine maintenance to prevent future issues.

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GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards

GRI 103, GRI 102-9, GRI 102-44, GRI 307-1, GRI 413-1, GRI 413-2

Sustainable Development Goals

With our renewable and energy efficiency projects, wastewater treatment and recycling activities, and soil and groundwater reclamation, as well as our green revamping of our Chinese facilities, we aim to contribute to the advancement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 6, 7, 9, and 12, focusing on the following subtargets:

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6.3       By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.

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7.2       By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

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9.4       By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.

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12.4       By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

12.5         By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

12.7        Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.

12.A        Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.