Decarbonize our food value chain

FertigHy, a new player in low-carbon fertiliser production, launched to accelerate decarbonisation of food value chain

FertigHy, a pan-European company founded by EIT InnoEnergy, RIC Energy, MAIRE, Siemens Financial Services, InVivo and HEINEKEN, will pioneer the low-carbon transition of the European fertiliser industry. FertigHy aims to produce affordable and low-carbon fertilisers for European farmers, answering directly to the recent challenges of the EU and global food security due to supply chain disruption and global uncertainties in natural gas supply.

FertigHy, which plans to build and operate several large-scale low-carbon fertiliser projects, will build, own and operate the first plants in France and Spain, and replicate it in other European countries. The plants will produce 500.000 metric tonnes per year of low-carbon nitrogen-based fertilisers, with construction planned to start in 2027.


How does it work?

The agriculture sector alone is responsible for 10% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions*, and European farmers are applying over 11 million tonnes of nitrogen fertilisers each year (on nutrient basis).

FertigHy will replace this traditional steam methane reforming using natural gas by a process which produces hydrogen via water electrolysis with renewable and low carbon electricity. This innovative process, unlike the traditional one using natural gas, does not emit CO2 and is not subject to large price fluctuations, neither to the dependency of development countries.  


FertigHy has a cross-value chain combination of initial investors. EIT InnoEnergy, the originator of the new low-carbon fertiliser company will provide business acceleration services with its European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC). RIC Energy will bring its core knowledge in the photovoltaic (PV) and electricity markets. MAIRE will provide its unique experience in project development, technology and EPC of ammonia and fertiliser plants. Siemens Financial Services joins the consortium to bring its experience in financing large-scale industrial projects focused on sustainability and facilitate the alignment with the other Siemens’ divisions. InViVo, will support as a purchaser and distributor of fertilisers to 300,000 farmers which represents over 200 cooperatives. Finally, HEINEKEN is exploring various solutions to decarbonise at scale, and this is one of its many sustainable agriculture initiatives it will pilot.

  • EIT InnoEnergy

    EIT InnoEnergy operates at the centre of the energy transition and is the leading innovation engine in sustainable energy, bringing the technology and skills required to accelerate the green deal and Europe’s decarbonisation goals.

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  • InVivo

    The InVivo group is one of Europe's leading agricultural groups, with a turnover of almost €12 billion, more than half of which are generated in France, and a workforce of more than 14,500 employees, including 11,000 in France. Established in 38 countries...

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  • Heineken

    HEINEKEN is the world's most international brewer. It is the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands...

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  • Ric Energy

    RIC Energy is a pioneer in the development of photovoltaic energies ins Spain with a presence on four continents and a firm commitment to innovation in new technologies such as green hydrogen production, storage, and biogas energy generation with completed projects for more than 4,000 MW...

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  • Siemens Financial Services (SFS)

    Siemens Financial Services (SFS) – the B2B financing arm of Siemens – provides financing that makes a difference. At SFS, we empower customers around the globe to access technology with purpose and increase their competitiveness.

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  • Maire

    MAIRE S.p.A. leads a technology and engineering group that develops and implements innovative solutions to enable the Energy Transition. We offer Sustainable Technology Solutions and Integrated E&C Solutions in nitrogen fertilizers, hydrogen, circular carbon, fuels, chemicals, and polymers.

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