Carbon management in the wine industry

Monitor. Minimise. Mitigate. Targeting carbon emissions in the wine industry with credible carbon management and carbon neutral certification from Enviro-Mark Solutions.



Sustainably certified wine

What is the value for the vineyards and wine producers?

Grapes on the vine.

Grapes on the vine.

Key wine markets offer intense competition for wine producers. The continued concern about food miles and customer demand for sustainable products means that for exporting producers to compete locally they must address the impacts of transporting products around the world. Wines with carbon neutral certification and wineries reducing their carbon footprints receive a competitive advantage in the export market.

As reported in Wine Economics and Policy, buyers are now bidding higher for carbon-neutral wines, where the willingness to pay for the conventional wine is €2.50 but increases to €3.24 for carbon-neutral wine. Indeed, like other food industries, the wine business has been increasingly impelled by market and regulatory drivers to assess, reduce and communicate environmental and social performances.

In addition to ensuring market access, environmental certification allows wine producers to understand emissions hot spots and target these areas for reduction. A full greenhouse gas audit can reveal opportunities to achieve efficiencies, reduce emissions and costs.

However, carbon claims only enhance market access when done well and using credible standards. By working against internationally agreed standards for carbon footprinting and carbon neutrality, credible carbon certifications can stand up against any scrutiny. Using an internationally accredited certification programme ensures wine producers and their customers can trust the carbon claims are genuine and verified.

An outline of what is required for a wine product

A product measurement is based on a lifecycle measurement methodology. It means the organisation that made the product has measured how much the product impacts on the environment in terms of its raw materials, production, and transport to point of retail. In other words, the organisation has measured all the embodied emissions in the ingredients and packaging that make up the product, the emissions involved in transporting the product, producing the product, and distributing the product to retailers. All CEMARS and carboNZero certified products not only measure these emissions but work to continually reduce them.

When you buy a carboNZero certified product it means that the product in your hand has zero net GHG emissions. That means the organisation has not only taken measures to manage and reduce all emissions sources but takes the further step to mitigate the net climate change impact to zero through carbon credits.

 


carboNZero LogocarboNZero Certified products and services

This certification is awarded to products and services that are measuring, reducing and offsetting their carbon footprint.

To achieve carboNZero certification for a product or service, the provider must measure the full lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (also known as a carbon footprint) so they understand what their impact is on the global climate. They measure all lifecycle emissions required under the international standard for product carbon footprints, PAS 2050, including source raw materials and components, production of the product, distribution and use of the product, and any disposal of waste. The emissions are measured annually and the inventory is independently verified to ensure it is accurate and complete.  Once they have measured their footprint, the organisation must develop plans to manage and reduce the product or service’s emissions continually. Each year, the product then offsets any remaining emissions through the purchase of verified carbon credits to achieve net zero emissions. As part of achieving carboNZero certification, the product needs to achieve emissions reductions on a five year cycle.


CEMARS LogoCEMARS Certified organisations

(Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme)

This certification is awarded to companies that are actively working to measure and manage their carbon footprint.

To achieve CEMARS certification, an organisation must measure their organisation’s full greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (also known as a carbon footprint) so they understand what their impact is on the global climate. They measure all operational emissions required under the international standard for carbon footprints, ISO 14064, including vehicles, business travel, fuel and electricity, paper, and waste. The emissions are measured annually and the inventory is independently verified to ensure it is accurate and complete.  Once they have measured their footprint, the organisation must develop plans to manage and reduce their emissions continually. As part of achieving CEMARS certification, the organisation needs to achieve emissions reductions on a five year cycle.


carboNZero LogocarboNZero Certified organisations

This certification is awarded to companies that are measuring, reducing and offsetting their carbon footprint.

To achieve carboNZero certification, an organisation must measure their organisation’s full greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (also known as a carbon footprint) so they understand what their impact is on the global climate. They measure all operational emissions required under the international standard for carbon footprints, ISO 14064, including vehicles, business travel, fuel and electricity, paper, and waste. The emissions are measured annually and the inventory is independently verified to ensure it is accurate and complete.  Once they have measured their footprint, the organisation must develop plans to manage and reduce their emissions continually. Each year, the organisation then offsets any remaining emissions through the purchase of verified carbon credits to achieve net zero emissions. As part of achieving carboNZero certification, the organisation needs to achieve emissions reductions on a five year cycle.