Making malting barley carbon neutral

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

New AHDB Board member to help malting industry meet carbon targets

Iain Davies from Baird’s Malt joined the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Board in April, filling the vacancy for a member of the malting sector. His main focus is on making malting more sustainable and helping the industry meet its carbon targets.

Iain is the raw materials manager, responsible for buying approximately 300,000 tonnes of barley each year for five malting plants across the UK.

He said: “The biggest driver for brewers and distillers is the environment and being carbon neutral. Our customers need to continue buying UK malt and so we have to make it as marketable a product as possible.

“My role on the AHDB Board is to offer insight into the markets we operate in – to remember the end product and the end users.”

Iain is particularly interested in AHDB’s IPM (Integrated Pest Management) programme and the Envirobench work, which aims to direct farming toward a carbon neutral position by 2040.

Iain said: “In my personal opinion, 2040 is probably not soon enough but we have to be realistic in our industry. A lot of malting and milling facilities are fairly aged, so there needs to be enough time for plants to be modernised and new plants to be built.”

Impartiality and neutrality are also vitally important to Iain.

He added: “I want to make sure AHDB maintains its position as the impartial, objective voice within a crowded marketplace and in these times of Brexit and coronavirus when you can get lost through the sheer amount of information that’s out there.”

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AHDB recently launched on-farm carbon footprinting across its Farm Excellence network.