Tapping into the celebrations for World Earth Day, the New Zealand wine industry has announced its commitment to turn carbon neutral by 2050
The pledge comes as a result of a number of initiatives that the country's winegrowers are putting in place to become more sustainable, including a Climate Change Mitigation Programme, which helps members transitioning to carbon neutral; improving the measurements of New Zealand's wine industry progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions; and a Bragato Research Institute research programme specifically dedicated to providing guidance for vineyards on responding to changing climate.
‘New Zealand wineries and growers have a vital interest in protecting and sustaining our vineyards for future generations, and the commitment to carbon neutrality prior to the New Zealand 2050 regulatory deadline reflects this,’ said Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers.
The focus on sustainability has been at the core of the New Zealand wine industry since the mid-1990s, when the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) programme was launched.
Today, 98% of New Zealand’s vineyards are SWNZ certified, while 7% also certified organic.