Sustainable Winegrowing Australia has announced its inauguration Impact report describing in detail the wide range of sustainable methods that have been successfully implemented by vineyards and distilleries across Australia.
The report describes the first national program data and significant steps being taken towards net zero emissions in the sector, with 100 per cent of members measuring and reporting one and two greenhouse gas emissions.
The Sustainable Winegrowing Australia program, run by the Australian Wine Research Institute, Australian Grape & Wine and Wine Australia, is a community of winemakers and winemakers who are making changes who want to make a difference for people and the planet.
“More than half of Australia’s wine consumers are driven by sustainability, and that number continues to grow along with growing global demand for products that demonstrate sustainable practices,” said Australian Grape & Wine CEO and Sustainable Winegrowing Australia CEO Tony Battaglen.
“The Sustainable Winegrowing Australia program has almost 900 participants, ranging from small independents to large well-known home brands that are leading proponents of sustainable wine development.”
The new report outlines what is possible with respect to sustainable practices and standards of continuous improvement that the sector should follow.
“By seeking and buying wine from program members or certified producers, consumers can be confident that they are supporting producers and winemakers who are committed to sustainability, helping to shape the Australian wine sector for the better,” Battaglen said.
“Sustainability labels are key to staying competitive in the international marketplace, and the new report highlights how program members are working to meet and promote the global standards of sustainability that are increasingly awaited by leading markets around the world. Participants in the program focus on strategies to continually improve quality, better understand the region and the site, increase competitiveness and inform Australian wines in the world. ”
The Impact Report highlights the strengths of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia members in four key areas – energy, water, waste, and people and business:
- Energy: Program participants are moving towards the goal of the Australian grape and wine sector – net zero emissions, with 100 percent of participants measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions of the first and second volumes, and 72 percent of vineyards and 82 percent of wineries prefer energy efficient. practices;
- Water: 87 per cent of vineyards and 79 per cent of wineries have taken measures to plan, control and reduce water use for maximum water efficiency;
- Waste: 72 per cent of vineyards and 89 per cent of wineries have disposed of waste from landfills and identified options for recycling and reuse, contributing to the commitment of Australian sustainable winemaking to the goal of disposing of waste in the wine sector by 2050; and
- People and business: 80% of vineyards and 93% of wineries participate in at least one community or environmental initiative that creates better links between wine producers and their communities to further strengthen the sector for future generations.
The report also presents two areas for greater improvement:
- efforts to conserve natural resources and protect Australia’s valuable ecosystems, with 58 per cent of members allocating land to enhance biodiversity; and
- 46 percent of vineyards use best soil and nutrient management practices.
“The Sustainable Winegrowing Australia program aims at continuous improvement and provides a clear path to certification. We are pleased to see the success achieved by current participants, while noting that there is always room for future growth and innovation in all areas of the program. The report demonstrates the commitment and influence of producers who take action and work on best practices, as well as opportunities to improve sustainable development practices, ”Battaglen said.
“The report confirms that with Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, the Australian grape and wine community can more quickly conquer key elements of sustainable development and management practices – such as energy, water, land, soil, biodiversity and waste – and bring economic benefits to more than just individuals. players, but for the sector as a whole and the surrounding communities. ”
Learn more about Sustainable Winegrowing Australia and download the report here.