ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Fertilizer Manufacturing

The “fertilizer focus” is a partnership between EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and fertilizer producers to improve energy efficiency within their operations. Tools are available here to help improve manufacturing energy efficiency, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Fertilizer producers can get started on a path of saving energy by using the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management to build an energy management program, and then work within this fertilizer industry focus to learn best energy management practices. If your company produces fertilizer and wants to get involved in your industry’s efforts to save energy, contact us at

Fertilizer plant energy performance indicator (EPI) tool

Use the Nitrogenous Fertilizer Plant EPI to assess how efficiently a plant uses energy, relative to similar plants in the United States. The 1 - 100 ENERGY STAR score enables a quick understanding of how a plant is performing. Plants receiving a score of 75 or higher are eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification. For information on how to seek ENERGY STAR certification for nitrogenous fertilizer plants in the U.S., see

To learn more about how EPIs are developed, how to interpret an EPI score, and how to value benchmarking view the Benchmarking Industrial Energy Performance guide.

Certify Nitrogenous Fertilizer Plants

2020 ENERGY STAR Certified Plant Flag

Nitrogenous Fertilizer plants in the U.S. can certify with the ENERGY STAR if the plant scores 75 or higher using the EPI and has no current, unresolved high priority violations of the Clean Air Act. To learn more about ENERGY STAR plant certification, visit

Learn more about the first certified nitrogenous fertilizer plants through the EPA Press Release.

Fertilizer manufacturing plant energy guide

Use the ammonia and fertilizer energy guide ENERGY STAR Energy Efficiency and Cost Saving Opportunities for Ammonia and Nitrogenous Fertilizer Production to find ways to improve the energy performance of fertilizer and ammonia plants.

View from above a fertilizer plant

Participating Organizations

CF Industries
Fertilizer Canada
Koch Industries **
LSB Industries
Midwest Fertilizer
Natural Resources Canada
Potash Corporation
Simplot *
The Fertilizer Institute

*denotes ENERGY STAR Partner
**denotes ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awardee