The initiative to develop the Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol was undertaken by a partnership of the wine sector bodies in South Africa, the United States (California), New Zealand, and Australia. Key to the process was achieving consensus on the emissions sources to be included and excluded in carbon footprint calculations.
Wine producers will be able to claim participation in the international industry approach if their chosen calculation tool is shown to be consistent with the adopted industry carbon footprint protocol. In creating these tools, the following references were consulted:
- Greenhouse Gas Protocol developed by the World Resources Institute
- PAS 2050: Specification for the assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services developed by BSI British Standards