Climate Change

We have taken major strides forward in our efforts to become a leader in Israel and around the world in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as part of the global struggle against climate change.
Since 2008, our organization annually performs a comprehensive review of our GHG inventory worldwide, including over 57 global facilities and main offices (almost the entire span of ICL’s global production). In parallel, we continue to make progress in the measurement of the carbon footprint of our products, a project that now includes approximately 60 of our leading products. Our calculations are conducted according to the leading standard PAS 2050, and are supported and reviewed by external consultants with expertise in the GHG field.
We annually report the emissions and our efforts in the climate change field to the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), an independent non-profit organization driving the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of our comprehensive reporting and efforts, the CDP has awarded us the second best possible score, A-, for our 2017 report*.The 2017 score places us among the top 25% scores among over 2,000 global reporting companies. Our score is second best score among global fertilizers producers, and tied for best score of an Israeli-based company. In 2014, ICL was also included in the CDP CPLI (Carbon Performance Leadership Index) – an exclusive list of global companies that have excelled in emission reduction and climate change mitigation. ICL is the only Israeli-based company that was included in the exclusive CPLI list so far. See all ICL CDP reports in ‘Sustainability Reports’.

ICL is also one of the first companies to voluntarily report its GHG emissions to the environmental protection ministry of Israel. The organization has been reporting to this mechanism since it’s foundation in 2011, and continues to report and to contribute from our extensive experience in the field to the development of the voluntary reporting mechanism, through dialog with the ministry’s representatives.

Following are the main initiatives taken so far, which have allowed ICL to achieve such significant reductions in GHG emissions:

  • Converting our production plants in Israel to the use of natural gas: Natural gas offers many environmental benefits, including lower emission of greenhouse gases per unit of energy produced.


  • Increasing energy efficiency: We are phasing out inefficient production technologies, streamlining our production facilities, increasing the efficiency of our consumption of heat and steam, using residual heat and reducing our consumption from lighting and air conditioning.


  • Eliminating or reducing process GHG emissions: Our replacement of SF6, a protective gas used in magnesium production, with HFC134a, a gas with a significantly lower global warming potential, was the key factor in reducing the total GHG emissions at our Dead Sea Magnesium plant by approx. 75% (in CO2e terms) . We have also implemented an innovative system which has reduced our nitrous oxide emissions at the ICL Haifa (F&C) plant by 60% per ton nitric acid produced.


The combined effect of these efforts has resulted in a 25% reduction in our global GHG emissions between 2008 and 2016.

See further details regarding energy and climate change in pages 109-113 of our 2016 CSR report.

* The CDP 2017 report includes 2016 data.