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Request for Proposal: Emissions Reduction Roadmap for the Australian Wine Sector

The Wine Australia Strategic Plan 2020–25 identifies reduction of carbon emissions and development of climate change mitigation strategies as priority research, development and adoption (RD&A) topics for the Australian wine sector. 

 The risks to grape and wine production from the effects of climate change are well-recognised. To date, Wine Australia’s RD&A investments and the priorities of the sector have focused largely on adaptation strategies. However, the conversation is changing. There is a global urgency to limit the effects of climate change, and regulatory, business and social demands are being placed on industries to take responsibility for reducing or even eliminating their carbon footprint.

Accordingly, the aim of Australian Grape and Wine (AGW) for the sector is to have zero net Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2035. Five wine businesses in Australia are certified as carbon neutral, and several wine companies have publicly committed to sustainability and environmental roadmaps. 

However, this this is a complex and rapidly-evolving space. There is generally confusion and apprehension among producers about the pathway to carbon neutrality and how to take action, and the level of engagement and maturity in emissions management varies widely across the sector. 

There is a need for Wine Australia, together with AGW, to play a leadership role and assist in the adoption of better emissions practices by grapegrowers and winemakers. 

We are seeking proposals to develop an emissions reduction roadmap with and for the Australian grape and wine sector. The roadmap will guide the sector in progress towards realistic emissions targets and provide practical information for producers in an accessible form. It will support the sector’s targets as well as wider agricultural and global commitments in both emissions reduction and within overall sustainability.  

Detailed information on the background, project scope and proposal submission is contained in the Request for Proposal document here.

Queries and submissions should be made to Dr Sharon Harvey at sharon.harvey@wineaustralia.com by the due date of 11 March 2022.


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