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Altia is part of Carbon Action pilot, aiming at developing more sustainable agricultural practices

A man in a barley field holding ear of barley in his hands. BSAG commitment maker logo.

Altia made a new Baltic Sea Commitment in September 2018 to enhance practices aiming at sustainable agriculture. The new commitment continues the co-operation between Altia and Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) that was initiated in 2015.

Developing sustainable agricultural practices is of high importance to Altia since Finnish barley is a key ingredient in Altia’s beverages. Altia’s Koskenkorva distillery uses over 210 million kilos of Finnish barley a year. The barley is sourced from about 1 500 farms, which covers approximately 2,5 % of the total field area in Finland and which is representing around 15 % of the total barley crop in Finland.

The new Baltic Sea Commitment includes participation by Altia and its selected contract farmers in Carbon Action pilot project, which is a collaboration between BSAG, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and Sitra. Carbon Action project studies how climate change and the Baltic Sea’s eutrophication could be mitigated by capturing carbon in soil through better farming practices.

As part of the commitment Altia’s selected contract farmers participate in the Carbon Action pilot by dedicating a section from their fields in order to study the impact of the farming practices on soil for a period of five years. Altia covers the costs from soil sampling and informs the contract farmers about the project’s results such as the ways to enhance soil carbon storage and improve soil health.

“It is important to find such technical growing solutions and possibilities that can be applied on a large scale, so that soil fertility can be maintained and improved. We are proud to work towards enhancing sustainable agriculture with our contract farmers and the Baltic Sea Action Group as part of the Carbon Action pilot”, says Kari Kiltilä, Category Sourcing Manager at Altia.