In collaboration with the sustainability consultants at Edge Impact, Wine Australia has released an "Emissions Reduction Roadmap." This roadmap is intended to outline specific actions with the goal of reducing the CO₂ emissions of the Australian grape and wine sector by more than 40% by 2030, compared to 2021 levels. Currently, these emissions are equivalent to a fully-loaded jet plane circling the Earth 609 times in a year.
Reportedly, the roadmap was developed with input from over 200 industry members. It aims not only to capture the sector's current CO₂ footprint but also to provide practical solutions for its reduction.
Dr. Sharon Harvey, Head of the Research and Innovation Program at Wine Australia, emphasizes the importance of the roadmap as a significant starting point for decarbonizing the Australian wine sector. She noted, "Backed by science, our Roadmap identifies the current footprint of the Australian grape and wine sector, the key areas where emissions reduction can be achieved, and provides practical steps for growers, winemakers, and other members of the value chain to start or further reduce emissions from today."