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Heineken Spain and Fertiberia promote low-carbon crop nutrition solutions

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HEINEKEN Spain is working with Fertiberia to support the transformation and ecological transition of Spanish farmers with a project, which aims to contribute to decarbonising the cultivation of malting barley. The alliance between the two companies has made it possible to use the first low-carbon, Impact Zero fertilisers produced with green hydrogen to replace natural gas.

After sealing their alliance in January, the first sowings with these fertilizers began in Andalusia with very promising results, which are now in the process of certification, in a particularly difficult year for the countryside. In addition to reducing the carbon footprint of each ton of barley by 62%, the farmers participating in this pilot project have seen their production increase, harvesting 900 kg more per hectare to a total of 2400 kg.

Following these results, the two companies are already working on the next phases of the agreement to significantly expand its use to more barley crops.

“We are working to reduce CO2 emissions across our value chain by 30% by 2025 and thus advance our ambition to reach net zero by 2040. Hence the importance of our alliance with Fertiberia to produce the first low-carbon fertilizer, and with it, the first barley of sustainable origin,” said Etienne Strijp, President of HEINEKEN Spain.

Javier Goñi, CEO of Fertiberia, commented: “In this project, Grupo Fertiberia brings its Impact Zero crop nutrition solutions, which contribute to reducing the carbon footprint thanks to the use of green hydrogen and which also include another series of biotechnological innovations to ensure maximum agricultural and environmental efficiency. We also provide the know-how of our environmental technologies centre to optimise their application in the field. The ecological transition is a challenge of such magnitude that it requires agreements between those who are leading it, and this is a great example of which we are really proud.”

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