OCI Global has delivered the first UK shipment of its low-carbon fertilizer to Simpsons Malt Limited as part of an exciting new project to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of malting barley and distilling wheat.
The shipment of the company’s NUTRAMON Low Carbon fertilizer – a low-carbon nitrogen granular product – was delivered to the Port of Berwick in Northumberland on March 14.
OCI Global’s VP Commercial Nitrogen, Aviv Bar Tal, says the partnership will involve NUTRAMON Low Carbon being applied on malting barley and distilling wheat at Simpsons Malt’s farm in Northumberland and on other trial sites this year with a focus on decarbonizing the supply chain. Ultimately lowering the carbon footprint of Scotch Whisky.
“We know that we need to address the greenhouse gas emissions of fertilizers because, to feed our growing population, continuing to use fertilizers is non-negotiable,”
“That’s why, through projects like this one, we aim to create partnerships with companies in the food and drink supply chain to deliver affordable, but also sustainable, products for the long-term.”
NUTRAMON Low Carbon is estimated to have a reduced production carbon footprint of up to 50% compared to conventionally produced fertilizers (cradle-to-gate).
NUTRAMON Low Carbon is also ISCC PLUS certified, a recognized independent certification standard for bio, bio-circular and renewable feedstocks across the world.
Simpsons Malt Limited fertilizer director, David Barrett, says NUTRAMON Low Carbon will be sold commercially to growers by the company’s agricultural merchanting division, McCreath Simpson & Prentice, from autumn 2023 following the initial trials this season.
The aim is for the low-carbon fertilizer to be applied to the cultivation process of malting barley and distilling wheat, which is destined for Simpsons Malt’s brewing and distilling customers.
Mr Barrett adds:
“As a Certified B Corporation and in our unique industry position as both a malting and merchanting business, we are mindful of the impact our operations have on the environment and acknowledge that fertilizer application is a significant percentage of the malt supply chain’s overall carbon footprint.”
“As a result, we endeavor to ensure the fertilizers we purchase are sustainably produced and so we’re delighted to be partnering with OCI Global on the supply of low-carbon NUTRAMON.”