♦ Products and Services
During 2018, IPL reviewed its strategy, governance and funding of research and development. The position of Chief Technology Officer was added to the IPL Executive Leadership Team and six core technology programs were implemented to advance IPL’s ability to strategically partner with customers to improve their productivity and safety, and reduce their environmental and social impacts.
Through Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, IPL supplies approximately two million tonnes of fertiliser per year across Eastern and Southern Australia. We distribute fertilisers manufactured in our four manufacturing operations in Australia as well as imported fertilisers. Our product range includes products such as urea, ammonium phosphates, ammonium sulphate, single super-phosphates, anhydrous ammonia as well as speciality products such as those treated with urease and nitrification inhibitors. Blending facilities for solid fertilisers are located at strategic centres throughout the market place, offering a range of blends and, for farmers who request them, individual custom blends tailored to specific needs.
Within the fertiliser value chain our sustainability focus is on ensuring that the health, safety and environmental impacts of products and services are considered and managed responsibly throughout the product life cycle. This includes research and development of new, high-efficiency products and product coating technologies, as well the promotion of the effective and sustainable use of our fertilisers.
Product Stewardship regarding fertiliser products is the responsibility of the Agronomy function within IPL and our approach is defined in our Product Design and Stewardship Standard, included in our Health, Safety, Environment and Community Management System. The Standard requires that “health, safety and environmental impact of products, product packaging and services are considered and managed responsibly and ethically throughout the product life cycle, including: research and development; purchase of raw materials, intermediates and finished products; manufacture; formulation; packaging; labelling; storage; sale; transport; use and the disposal of damaged products, waste and packaging.” Many industry issues concerning agricultural fertilisers are not confined to individual suppliers. These are addressed at the industry level through Fertilizer Australia. As Australia’s largest fertiliser supplier, IPL is a key member of Fertilizer Australia and actively engages in their Product Stewardship activities.
We supply explosives through the Dyno Nobel brand in the Americas, Europe, Australia and the Asia Pacific. We manufacture, distribute and sell bulk and packaged ammonium nitrate-based explosives and blasting supplies as well as providing services to customers in the mining, quarry, construction, pipeline and geophysical exploration industries.
Efforts to mitigate the environmental impacts of our explosives products continue to be focused on the development of new product and delivery technologies which solve our customers’ challenges on the ground as well as improving the sustainability of the input materials we use for manufacture.
Our focus includes:
• Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste associated with the manufacturing and transport of our products (discussed in the Environment, Working with Our Suppliers and Raw Materials sections).
• Ongoing fertiliser research and development programs focused on joint development and extension with customers, including the development and promotion of enhanced efficiency and low GHG emission fertilisers.
• Adopting and promoting the Fertcare principles and code of practice for responsible fertiliser use, a joint initiative between Fertilizer Australia Inc. and the Australian Fertiliser Services Association.
• The provision of R&D support to facilitate the internal recycling of both high nutrient waste waters and old product into manufacturing.
• Maintaining product quality.
• Recycling our packaging, as well as re-using product that did not meet final specifications, has been returned by customers or was used during experimental work to manufacture new product.
• Testing third party recycled customer oils and hydrocarbons recovered from non-traditional waste materials to replace virgin oils in explosives manufacture.
• The continued development and marketing of explosives products and delivery systems that reduce our customers' energy use, greenhouse gases, blast fume emissions and minimise nitrate leaching to groundwater; and
• The development of inhibited emulsion explosives for safer blasting in extreme (hot and reactive) geothermal environments.