FIVS encourages the adoption of meaningful environmental sustainability programmes based on the ability of these initiatives to satisfy the triple bottom line concept of combining financial viability with the requirements of social and environmental sustainability. FIVS has developed resources to help organisations and companies within the industry to plan and implement sustainable development programmes.
FIVS Working Group Co-Chairs
Chris Savage is the Senior Director of Global Environmental Affairs for E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest family-owned winery.
Patricio Parra is the Manager of Research, Development, and Innovation at Vinos de Chile, the national wine association.
FIVS Environmental Sustainability Initiatives
Global Wine Producers Environmental Sustainability Principles (GWPESP)
The Global Wine Producers Environmental Sustainability Principles set forth general tenets that promote the idea that the continued health of the wine industry rests entirely on natural resources (e.g., solar energy, appropriate climate, clean water, healthy soils, etc.) that are successfully integrated with sound ecological processes. These principles embrace the view that the protection and development of these natural resources within sound sustainable development practices is essential.
Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol
The initiative to develop the Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol was undertaken by a partnership of wine industry 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.
The protocol forms the basis for the Greenhouse Gas Calculator, which forms an illustrative application of the protocol. Wine producers using different calculation tools will also be able to claim participation in the international industry approach if their chosen 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