A Primer on Fertilizer and Farm Fuel Consumption Across Canada

May 5, 2022 | Education & Outreach, Greenhouse Gas Markets


In March 2022, the Government of Canada announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole economy.

Two benchmarks worth noticing are:

  • By 2030 the emissions will be below the 2005 levels. The target is at least a 40% reduction from the 2019 levels of GHG emissions.
  • By 2050 the economy will be net-zero.


This plan will challenge farms and ranches in Canada. Farms will incur abatement costs to transition to reduced emission buildings, electric vehicles, and farm machines. It will also include new methods and technology to reduce fuel and fertilizer consumption.

This document also includes information on:

On-Farm Fuel Consumption

  • Policy Considerations

Fertilizers, Lime, and Other Emission Sources

  • Policy Considerations
  • Fertilizer and Fuel Emission Reduction

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