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Wineries for Climate Action welcomes new members

The International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) has announced it has welcomed its first four members.

Founded by Familia Torres and Jackson Family Wines last year, the IWCA is an association of wineries that have pledged to lower their environmental impact through a variety of initiatives.

The first four members of the association are Symington Family Estates in Portugal, Spottswoode Winery in the US, VSPT Group from Chile and Yealands Wine Group in New Zealand – all well known for their longstanding and evolving green programmes.

The requirements for joining include:

  • A complete end-to-end (through Scopes 1-3) Greenhouse Gas emissions inventory.
  • At least 20% of power generated through on-site renewable energy.
  • A reduction of at least 25% in CO2 emissions for every litre of wine produced.
  • A commitment to reducing total emissions by 50% by 2030 and at least 80% by 2045.

Rob Symington, associate director of Symington Family Estates, said: “Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing humankind. We need individuals, businesses and governments to rise to the challenge. At Symington Family Estates we are committed to systematically reducing our carbon footprint and working with our partners to reduce the emissions in our supply chain.

“We are very pleased to be joining IWCA as Applicant Members as we believe that this rigorous framework can lead the wine sector’s response to this existential threat.

“We encourage other wine companies to join us in making concrete public commitments with measurable goals to respond to the challenge of the climate crisis. We have no time to waste.”

For more information about the IWCA, click here.

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