Climate Talks by Porto Protocol - Certified sustainability: different approaches in different wine regions


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The next Climate Talk by Porto Protocol will take place on 15th July at @ 5pm BST / 9am PDT and will reflect on the different perspectives of certification and sustainability standards in the wine industry. The number of sustainability certifications in the wine industry has grown over the last decades and organic, biodynamic and other certifications are clearly different.

This Climate Talk will explore the advantages of embracing the path to certified sustainability and the benefits of adhering to a sustainable standard, recognized by all.

Several questions will be 'on the table': Is the concept of sustainability stabilised in the world of wine?   Are consumers aware of what 'sustainability' means in each region?   How can standards be compared with different scopes of application?  Is the carbon footprint integrated into sustainable certification processes?   Are the certifications suitable for companies of different sizes?  What criteria can be used to choose the most appropriate certification?  Is the diversity of logos on the bottle confusing the consumer?

Experts from different regions will share their experience and they are:

Patricio Parra is Managing Director of the R&D Consortium at Vinos de Chile, the institution responsible for the administration of the Sustainability Code of the Chilean Wine Industry. He is also co-chair of the Environmental Sustainability Working Group of FIVS. Patricio has been working for more than 20 years in the field of sustainability and management of innovation projects with experience at national and international level. He holds a degree in Agronomy from the Catholic University of Chile and earned a Master of Sciences in Ecological Agriculture from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He also has a Diploma in Strategic Management of Sustainability.

Allison Jordan is Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Wine Institute and Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, where she is responsible for oversight of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. Jordan represents Wine Institute on the National Grape Research Alliance board of directors. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at SureHarvest and Vice President and Acting Executive Director of Resource Renewal Institute. Jordan holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School at University of California Berkeley and a Psychology B.A. from Allegheny College, and is a fellow in the German Marshall Fund's American Marshall Memorial Fellowship program.

João L. Barroso, Sustainability Coordinator for the Wines of Alentejo (part of the Alentejo Regional Winegrowing Commission), coordinates and monitors the sustainability performance of the biggest wine region in Portugal. He conducts research and assists producers to implement best available practices, whilst promoting knowledge exchange between the members of the program. His expertise includes sustainable grape growing and wine making, climate change, pollution prevention, eco-efficiency and green buildings. He has worked and lived in Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

The moderation will be done by Sylvia Petz, who since 2009 has been working with her ‘Agency for organized enjoyment’ on communication, consulting and positioning for a sustainable wine, food & gastronomy world in the German-speaking countries. One of her most important clients is the biodynamic winegrowing group respekt-BIODYN. As part of her masters studies in sustainability and responsible management at the University of Applied Sciences BFi Vienna, she wrote a diploma thesis on sustainability and wine and is currently working on her masters thesis on the business case for sustainable tourism in Austria.

The Climate Talks by Porto Protocol can be accessed on the Porto Protocol YouTube channel. For more information about the panel and the speakers' biographies please visit: