Environmental Stewardship in Action
Every day, across our sites, we strive to create more value, using fewer resources than the day before. We do it by constantly improving and innovating — both in the products we make and how we make them, and by managing our resources in a way that benefits our customers, employees, partners, community members and society.
In 2017, Koch Fertilizer Enid was honored as the first recipient of the Water for 2060 Excellence Award by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board in recognition of water reclamation efforts at the newly expanded nitrogen fertilizer plant. Part of the facility’s expansion included a 26,000-square-foot water treatment facility that aims to save more than 4 million gallons of drinking water per day.
In 2019, our plant in Beatrice, Nebraska became one of the first fertilizer plants to earn U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) prestigious ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance. The certification recognizes facilities performing in the top 25 percent of nitrogenous fertilizer production plants in the U.S. for energy efficiency when compared against the Energy Star benchmark. In 2020, both the Beatrice and Enid, Oklahoma plants earned ENERGY STAR certification. Most recently in 2021, our Beatrice; Enid; and Fort Dodge, Iowa plants all earned ENERGY STAR certification.
In 2017 and 2021 Koch Fertilizer, as a subsidiary of Koch Industries, earned the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award, in recognition of its superior energy management practices.
Recently, our Brandon, Manitoba facility completed a groundwater remediation project to address nitrogen contamination that occurred prior to Koch Fertilizer Canada acquiring the site in 2006. The team spent several years researching and monitoring the situation to find a sustainable long-term solution. They installed a $2.3 million (CAD) permeable reactive barrier — a giant underground water filtration system using mulch and compost to purify water — designed to improve groundwater quality by as much as 90%. The system should last for 15-20 years before needing fresh mulch and compost material.