Simpsons and BASF aim for carbon neutral malt by 2030

13th December 2023 | Arable, Crops, Environment, Grain Trading

Simpsons Malt is to partner with BASF Agricultural Solutions in a unique carbon reduction and certification programme as part of the maltster’s commitment to achieving carbon neutral malting barley and distilling wheat production by 2030.

The maltster has already made substantial investments to reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and is seeking to cut Scope 3 emissions, which are predominantly generated from on-farm production. It already is working with fertiliser manufacturer Yara to reduce crop carbon footprints.

With its agricultural merchanting subsidiary McCreath Simpson & Prentice, Simpsons says it can engage directly with growers, crop input suppliers and the wider agricultural sector to make the necessary changes.

BASF’s role in the new partnership will be to record all on-farm crop management practices via its Carbon Farming Platform which aims to make agricultural practices more sustainable.
The platform determines the impact that different on-farm decisions would have on the carbon position of the final harvested crop. BASF will validate Simpsons Malt’s work by monitoring and reporting the achievement of a reduction of value chain or Scope 3 GHG emissions, as part of the Gold Standard Value Change Programme.

The joint project will enable growers to implement novel interventions to reduce emissions, helping to future proof their businesses and lower their environmental impact. For Simpsons Malt, the value is in cross-sectoral collaboration and the two businesses complementing each other’s strengths.

Simpsons Malt and BASF will be working with groups of Simpsons Malt growers over the 2023-24 winter and spring to record how they can reduce Scope 3 emissions in crops destined for distilling supply chains.

“The distilling sector has ambitious climate targets and, given the strength of their brands and the storytelling that underpins them, a more sustainable, decarbonised supply chain is important to achieve and for us to be a part of,” comments Ben Gothorp, sustainability manager at Simpsons Malt. “It’s all about helping farmers to build resilience in their business, more sustainable practices and to ensure that we can give full transparency to our customers.”

Joel Johnson, business director for BASF Agricultural Solutions UK & Ireland, adds: “This partnership will demonstrate how beginning with growers, all partners are dealing with the challenges of producing food and drink sustainably. Our agreement is different to many agrifood carbon-reduction programmes, because it combines BASF expertise and know how as part of the Carbon Farming Platform to not only record on-farm practices, but crucially to provide Simpsons Malt’s growers with practical guidance on how their choices – say method of cultivation or fertiliser programmes – can change the farm’s carbon footprint.”