ICL has prepared and deployed a sustainable development policy that calls for the responsible use of natural resources and the development of value-added, sustainable products characterized by a reduced environmental impact.
It also calls for production processes that reduce at source the amount of waste generated at its facilities, that assure the safe transportation of materials and that employ green building techniques.
ICL uses natural resources as raw materials, including primarily phosphates and salts mined from the Negev, as well as potash and salt mined from evaporation ponds near the Dead Sea and mines in Spain and England. Phosphate rock, the primary raw material used in the production of phosphorus-based acids and fertilizers, is mined at the Company’s sites in the Negev.
ICL Fertilizers restores its mining sites during and after mining the phosphate. Water from the Dead Sea, which is the source of carnallite, the primary mineral used in potash production, is returned to the Dead Sea after the carnallite is extracted.
ICL mines raw materials from both surface and underground mines in areas where it has mining concessions. It takes far-reaching steps to maximize the preservation and restoration of mined areas and nearby ecosystems.