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Snow Spring in Douro Valley

The Fladgate Partnership CEO, Adrian Bridge, shared with The Drinks Business an unusual weather event that took place yesterday, March 30th, at the heart of the Douro Valley. Instead of bright sunshine and flowers, the region was surprised by snow. A reminder that despite we are naturally overwhelmed with an unprecedented and immediate emergency, climate change remains a reality that requires our focus.     See the full article below In sharp contrast to the usual springtime conditions in Portugal’s Douro, the wine region is covered with snow, as captured by Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership. "A dusting of snow at São João da Pesqueira in the Douro" Bridge, who heads up the...

CO2 Capture by Cork enouth to offset footprint of Glass

Corticeira Amorim , one of Porto Protocol's mentors, unveiled a report through The Drinks Business, that shows how a cork can capture enough CO2 to ofset the footprint of a glass wine bottle. See the article below Following a study commissioned by Corticeira Amorim, but independently conducted by Ernst & Young during December 2019, it has been revealed that a single natural cork stopper is proven to capture up to 309g of CO2, while a sparkling wine stopper can retain even more at 562g (due to the greater amount of cork used in its production). According to Amorim, this means that cork closures can offset the carbon footprint of...

Adaptation: Our March Newsletter

Dear member, We invite you to take a look at our March newsletter. The underlying a topic is adaptation, a sign of the times. We suggest webinars on climate change, tips to help our planet, climate solutions from our members, and we revisit presentations from our two conferences, Climate Change Leadership Summits. Click on the link below to read it: https://mailchi.mp/609ed52a5f99/adaptation    ...

The Furnance of the Future is Coming

‘FURNACE OF THE FUTURE’ A ‘MAJOR MILESTONE’ IN MOVE TOWARDS ‘CLIMATE-NEUTRAL’ GLASS PACKAGING The article below, published by the drinks business,is about the partnership created by various European players that gathered to build a furnace that will run on 80% green electricity. Please find the whole article below: Using a collaborative approach, with a forecast completion date of 2022, and with Germany the chosen location, a new furnace that will run on up to 80% green electricity in place of fossil fuels is due to be fully operational by 2023. Dubbed the ‘Furnace of the Future’, as many as 20 European container glass manufacturers have come together...

European Climate Law

"Climate neutrality is our European destiny. And I think a competitive and sustainable economy is the best we can get for our European future" said EC President Ursula Von der Leyen as she presented, today, the European Climate Law. This law sets the 2050 target and the direction of travel for all EU policy, and gives predictability for public authorities, businesses and citizens. At the same time, the Commission is launching a public consultation on the future European Climate Pact. Listen to all whole statement in these link .https://europa.eu/!Mm93FG   See below too the information shared by the European Commission European Climate Law The Commission’s proposal for the first European Climate...

Eight Ways Wine Will Change in 2020

"Eight Ways Wine Will Change in 2020" is the title of an article published by Bloomberg. Its opening quote is, unavoidably, on how #climatechange has changed the game, for example, regarding the timing and approach to grape harvest, and how it will continue to do so, especially with 2019’s scorching heat waves in France, catastrophic fires in Sonoma, California and South Australia. At least two more trends are, in one way or another, related to a greater need for balance between profit and planet: 1) How #globalwarming will lead to new experiments across wine regions. 2) Innovative packaging will come along, from refillable, reusable jugs and flat bottles made from recycled plastic...

A summary on the Global Risks Report 2020

Below you'll find a summary prepared by th porto Protocol team on the GLOBAL RISKS REPORT 2020. This report was published by The World Economic Forum on January 15, 2020, presenting the major risks the world will be facing this year. For the first time in the history of the survey’s 10-year outlook, environmental threats dominate the top five long-term risks by likelihood and occupy three of the top five spots by impact. The report sounds the alarm on: Extreme weather events with major damage to property, infrastructure and loss of human life Failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation by governments and businesses. Human-made environmental damaGLOBAL RISKS...

Accept Climate Change, or fight it? By Dr. Richard Smart

Even in the first few months of 2019 the global news coverage of climate change seems to have dramatically increased. Perhaps this was an effect of the global school childrens’ strike, and/or the Extinction Rebellion protest in London. There has also been more climate change attention in this period for the international grape and wine community. Firstly there was the Porto Summit in March focused directly on “Climate Change Leadership” and its likely impact; however the majority of presentations were about “impact” and “adaptation”, only a few considered “mitigation”. This was followed in May by VinExpo Bordeaux with climate change a key subject at...

Global carbon dioxide emissions flatlined in 2019

The Press Release below was launched yesterday by the International Energy Agency: Despite widespread expectations of another increase, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions stopped growing in 2019, according to IEA data released today. After two years of growth, global emissions were unchanged at 33 gigatonnes in 2019 even as the world economy expanded by 2.9%. This was primarily due to declining emissions from electricity generation in advanced economies, thanks to the expanding role of renewable sources (mainly wind and solar), fuel switching from coal to natural gas, and higher nuclear power generation. Other factors included milder weather in several countries, and slower economic growth in some emerging markets. “We...

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