Grapevine & Wine 05/12/2011

New standards for greenhouse gases production in winemaking

The OIV issues a new standard that allows all the productive die operators to evaluate their environmental performances according to a single methodology

The international community of winemakers reached an agreement for the calculation procedures to be used to estimate the carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions in the sector.

The agreement has been approved by the International organization of vine and wine (OIV) and makes sure that all companies involved in the production, supplying, transport and marketing of wine worldwide will be able to evaluate their environmental performances according to a standard methodology.

The result has been called Greenhouse Gas Accounting protocol.

The protocol is articulated in two parts:
- The farm protocol: a standard that allows a coherent evaluation of the gas emissions by wine farms
- The production protocol: a standard for the agronomics management and cellars.

WSTA worked together with WTO to persuade all countries to adopt an harmonized system. This is particularly important in a sector where long distance transports are normal.

In the last years WSTA cooperated with logistics companies to develop an index to calculate the total carbon dioxide emission related to transports. Companies will use this index in the context of the new agreement.

At this regard, the chairman of the wine policies of the WSTA John Corbert-Milward declared: “The increasing attention by politicians about the greenhouse gases makes this an important point of our policies; now we are able to calculate the impact of the wine market to this problem. This harmonized system will allow stakeholders and governments to measure our emissions. The wine sector is among the first in the world to develop such a system”.

di S. C.