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At the heart of a decarbonized energy future is the urgency to reduce energy-related CO2 emissions to tackle climate change. The mandatory transition from fossil-based to zero-carbon has begun, but its roadmap is still uncertain, at a slower pace than necessary and requires urgent action on a global scale.

From irrigation pumps to winery lighting, to the company’s fleet, mechanization in the vineyard, energy used for packaging production and transportation, no matter to what stage of wine production you may look at, energy consumption and management is at the core of the problem as well as the solution.

Wine businesses of different sizes, regions and countries are eager to embrace this transition, but numerous challenges arise. How and where can I improve my energy efficiency along the wine value chain? What options are suitable for my business, my region? What is the most sustainable energy approach? Can different types of energy coexist? How long will it take to achieve the payback for each option? How can I store the produced energy in place so it can be used according to my needs? It is financial sustainable to do it alone or in collaboration with others? On grid or off grid?


This Climate Talk will address these questions by bringing together different players across the wine value chain with in-depth knowledge and experience of energy management and different sources of energy. They will share simple and complex solution, the key developments and speed of the energy transition, the advantages, and disadvantages of the various paths, sources and solutions for energy management, their impact along its lifecycle, as well as their applicability and suitability across different regions and realities.



5pm GTM


 Where we are: a snapshot of the energy transition process through the eyes of different experts
 Placing renewable energies at the heart of carbon reduction
 How businesses can scale up their energy efficiency strategies
 Generating and storing energy: the challenges
 Looking beyond the quick win in the middle of a health and economic crisis
 The financial and environmental costs of going “clean”

Charles Perry



Founder of Sustainable Future for All
Charles is a green entrepreneur and sustainability expert.
With a Political Science degree from Brown University in USA, Charles initially returned to South Africa to join the Independent Electoral Commission and helped organise the country’s first democratic elections and gained a role on the inaugural planning committee for President Nelson Mandela’s inauguration ceremony. Due to the subsequent international investment in South Africa, Charles took up a role as Marketing Manager of a new model of sustainability, Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.
Post his MBA at Cranfield in the UK, he shifted to BP where he co-led the rebranding to beyond petroleum and then ran the renewable energy business under Lord John Browne. He went on to be Managing Director of Good Energy and then co-founder of SecondNature, which was one of the UK’s leading sustainability consultancies, recently acquired by Anthesis Group. He is also a co-founder of Gridserve Sustainable Energy (solar+batteries) before becoming an independent adviser to a portfolio of clients, including the UN for COP26 (and Bruce Jack Wines).


Anna Britain


Executive Director at Napa Green

Anna has worked locally, nationally and internationally on environmental management and policy with organizations ranging from the environmental economics think tank Resources for the Future in Washington, DC to the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Hanoi, Vietnam. She has spent a decade facilitating and growing sustainability in the wine industry, with an expertise in communications and certification standards. She has helped lead the growth of the Napa Green program for over six years, and stepped into the position of Executive Director of the now independent non-profit in fall 2019. Anna has a Master’s of Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Williams College.


Adam Black


Director and Head of Energy at the Lanchester Group

Adam Black joined Lanchester Wines in 2012 with the ambition to carbon-neutralise the specific element of the wine supply chain for both Lanchester Wines and sister business, Greencroft Bottling. Working with the business owners, Black developed a programme of renewable energy and heat generation initiatives designed around natural, sustainable resources available at the business’ locations across the North East of England. These span wind, solar, air and geothermal technologies.
Adam has had a passion for renewable energy since buying a 300W wind turbine back in the late 1980’s. Projects got more comprehensive as time moved on and in 2000 he connected the first domestic PV generation to the grid in the North East region. Adam has a BSc in Agriculture from Newcastle University.


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Assistant Professor in Viticulture & Enology and in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at UC Davis

Dr. Runnebaum works on improving processes for more sustainable use of natural resources, including those important in winemaking. These processes involve development and use of solid materials that can be regenerated and reused and can replace chemicals used and reduce solid waste produced. Dr. Ron Runnebaum’s wine-related research includes seeking alternatives for removing potassium bitartrate and proteins, as well as capturing CO2 released from alcohol fermentations. Prof. Runnebaum earned his MS in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. During that time, he worked in the cellars of J. F. Mugnier in Burgundy, France and of Hanzell Vineyards and Acacia Winery, in Sonoma and Napa, California. Ron pursued his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering working on the catalytic conversion of biomass to value-added chemicals and fuels. Prof. Runnebaum completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, in aspects of chemical catalysis, prior to joining the faculty at the University of California, Davis.