Boortmalt enters partnership with Soil Capital to support agriculture decarbonisation

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Boortmalt, one of the world's leading maltsters, is stepping up its sustainable farming action plan. By 2030, the company will reduce the emissions of its allocated barley supply across the globe by 30%, bringing it into line with the SBTi FLAG 1.5°C target.

Boortmalt embarked on an ambitious sustainable journey some time ago, starting by reducing its Scope 1 and 2 emissions, which requires time, investment and innovation. This partnership with Soil Capital specifically targets Scope 3 emissions.

Indeed, the majority of Boortmalt’s emissions come from its supply chain and specifically Scope 3 FLAG (Forest, Land and Agriculture) emissions, related to the production of raw material, with the producers and cooperatives supplying the barley used in its malting process. Today the stakes are high. Boortmalt has made a strong commitment to support changes in farming practices and to enable carbon sequestration. This implies a range of agronomic adaptation strategies at farm level to maximise ground cover, replace synthetic inputs with organic ones, minimise soil disturbance and diversify crop rotations, for example.


“At Boortmalt, we believe that evolving together towards regenerative agriculture is a strong lever to cultivate sustainable produce such as malting barley. But the task is huge, complex, and involves various degrees of adaptations for our suppliers. With that idea in mind, we have entered into this partnership with Soil Capital to support that pace of adaptation and make a difference”

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Yvan Schaepman, CEO of Boortmalt

Boortmalt has partnered with Soil Capital, an expert agronomy firm leading food system resilience and climate action. Their mission is to help Boortmalt's suppliers with everything from strategic advisory to boots-on-the-ground support for regenerative agriculture implementation.

The new partnership between Boortmalt and Soil Capital has the following objectives for 2030: 

- Reduce Boortmalt's absolute Scope 3 FLAG (GHG) emissions by 30% with two thirds of its barley supply (SBTi 1.5°C target).
- In absolute terms, reduce the footprint of barley sourced by Boortmalt by 200,000 tonnes of CO2- equivalent

- Source a growing proportion of Boortmalt's barley from regenerative farming.
- And above all, strengthen the resilience of the barley supply chain to meet the challenges of climate change.