Decarbonizing European grain, oilseed, and sugar cooperatives: A win-win?

On-farm emissions represent more than half of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in EU food and beverage supply chains. However, we cannot expect individual farmers to reduce GHG emissions just by themselves.

Cooperatives can play a leading role in decarbonization efforts by helping their farmer-members through various services, as well as by collaborating with other companies and stakeholders within the value chain.

In our September 2023 benchmark analysis of sugar beet, wheat, and malting barley cooperatives, we observed differences in progress between these crops, geographies, and cooperative size based on revenue. We also saw that cooperatives are piloting new business models.

The most attractive and long-lasting models are those that adopt a holistic, whole-farm approach. These models engage entire supply chains to share the costs, risks, and rewards to reduce emissions.

  • Elizabeth Lunik

    Senior F&A Climate analyst
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  • Doriana Milenkova

    Analyst – Farm Inputs, Sugar
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  • Francois Sonneville

    Senior Analyst - Beverages
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  • Vito Martielli

    Senior Analyst - Grains & Oilseeds
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  • Camillo Piero Alborghetti

    Analyst – F&A Climate & Sustainability
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