A newly released Emissions Reduction Roadmap for the Australian grape and wine sector has outlined effective and practical steps to reduce the sector’s carbon emissions by more than 40% before 2030.
Developed by Wine Australia with global sustainability advisory Edge Impact in consultation with more than 200 members of the grape and wine community, the Emissions Reduction Roadmap provides an industry-endorsed and science-backed pathway to reducing carbon emissions across the Australian grape and wine sector.
Wine Australia Senior Research and Innovation Program Manager Dr Sharon Harvey said the Emissions Reduction Roadmap is a key starting point for Australia’s grape and wine businesses to decarbonise and reflects the commitment to ongoing improvement and safeguarding the future for Australian wine.
“Wine regions around the world are facing production challenges as a result of climate change, and global action towards a lower carbon future is accelerating. We all need to consider the emissions cost of our products to reduce our impact on the climate and to ensure access to key markets in the future,” Dr Harvey said.
The Emissions Reduction Roadmap outlines 11 initiatives that lead to cost savings and the reduction of emissions in the vineyard, in the winery and through the supply chain.
Achieving the full potential of the reduction opportunity available to the sector will require focus on using data to inform business decisions, reducing – and eventually eliminating – the use of fossil fuel vehicles, operating efficient production sites powered by renewable electricity, optimising low emissions transport and distribution networks, and collaborating with the wine supply chain to reduce emissions from high emitting materials and services.
The Emissions Reduction Roadmap forms part of Wine Australia’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Plan for the wine sector, a strategy that identifies the areas that need to be prioritised to future-proof the sector to meet customer needs and business demands.
Peak industry body Australian Grape & Wine has joined Wine Australia in its commitment to support the sector and supply chain so that the Roadmap’s targets can be achieved.