Measuring wine carbon footprint For small winegrowers
From extreme weather events to water scarcity, to shifts in the ripening phase and grapes composition, these are just a few of the consequences wine regions around the world are experiencing due to a changing climate.
Furthermore, there are many aspects of wine production that contribute to increase CO2 in the atmosphere: from glass packaging to carbon emissions from wine fermentation, to the nature and quantity of pesticides used in viticulture, monocultures, water spent, fossil fuels used along the various stages of production, from transportation to tractors. But there are also many things that can be done to minimize this impact: cover crops, drip irrigation (or no irrigation at all) to conserve soil and water, reducing the bottle weight or opting for less impactful materials.
Climate change also offers business opportunities to companies, to those who aim to improve their resources management, for example, by increasing energy efficiency, to drive innovation, inspiring new products and services which are less carbon intensive and ultimately enhance the resilience of their supply chains by reducing reliance on price-volatile fossil fuels by shifting towards renewable energy. Together, these actions can foster competitiveness and unlock new market opportunities and will certainly be less costly as we speak than if the unavoidable is postponed.
Ultimately, is the long-term consequence of not internalizing climate change the survival of the industry (ours?) itself? And isn’t that the reason why it makes business sense to do so?
In this Climate Talk we will debate the why and the how of internalizing climate change in your wine business: Where do you start? how does this materialize into a balance sheet? What are the fundamental changes this decision will bring into the modus operandi of the business? What barriers may you encounter? What opportunities arise from it? What are the risks? How does it affect your relationship with your stakeholders, from employees to providers? How do you address it and communicate it? How do you pass it on to your consumers? We will seek to present practical approaches to these questions by players from the industry worldwide that have decided to address climate emergency in a proactive fashion.
What are the most impactful climate risks for the wine value-chain if this challenge is not addressed?
How to quantify the risks of being in or being out?
How to convince your shareholders?
How can the sector internalize Climate Change?
Where to start?
How can small producers address it?
What procedures will change internally to address this matter in your company?
How does it translate from a strategic plan to the company’s daily operation?
In practical terms, how do you relate this to financial departments?
MARTA MENDONÇA . PORTUGAL
Manager at The Porto Protocol Foundation
BETH NOVAK MILLIKEN . USA
CEO and President at Spottswoode
In 1987, Beth Novak Milliken joined her mother, Mary Novak, becoming the first second-generation family member to become actively involved in guiding Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery. In the more than three decades since, Beth has played a key role in establishing Spottswoode Estate Vineyard as one of the world’s great winegrowing sites, and Spottswoode as one of Napa Valley’s most iconic and respected wineries. She has also quietly built a reputation as a leader in the Napa Valley community, advocating on behalf of the wine industry and the social and environmental causes she holds dear.
Spottswoode has long been dedicated to combating climate change through industry and community leadership and believes in the power of third-party certifications to help consumers make informed, impactful, environmentally conscious purchasing decisions. During her tenure, Beth has overseen the replanting of the estate in response to phylloxera, the vineyard’s pioneering CCOF organic certification in 1992, the building of the Spottswoode Estate Winery in 1999, and has spearheaded a grass-roots community restoration of Spring Creek which borders the estate vineyard. In 2007, Spottswoode joined 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of their gross revenues each year to nonprofits that support a healthier world. Spottswoode is a member of the Porto Protocol and the IWCA (International Wineries for Climate Action), and over the past year has achieved B Corporation, Demeter (biodynamic farming) and True Zero Waste certifications.
JOÃO ROQUETTE . PORTUGAL
CEO at Esporão
After three musical projects, record production and his journey in the investment and financial advisory company Merrill Lynch, João Roquette has dedicated himself to the production of wine and olive oil for over a decade, in a responsible and inspiring way.
Considered Personality of the Year 2018 by Revista de Vinhos, he was responsible for the internationalization of the Esporão brand and for the extension of the business areas with the acquisition of Quinta dos Murças and the craft beer SOVINA, having worked as well in the area of sustainability, through organic agriculture, traditional and integrated production of native varieties and optimized resource management.
An advocate that companies must be consistent and true to what they believe in to get people on board, João believes that the corporate world is responsible for many of the challenges that humanity has to solve, the main one being climate change.
CEO and Owner at Pierre Chavin
Born in Champagne, Mathilde Boulachin grew up immersed in the world of wine and has shared this deep rooted passion for the land from an early age. She is proud of her heritage and it was a natural decision for her to follow a career path in the wine & spirit industry.
Her extensive travel experience allowed her to become fluent in French, English, Spanish and Swedish. Her experiences have given her an international, cosmopolitan perspective of the world of wine and helped to fine-tune her sales and marketing knowledge.
Mathilde has acquired a number of qualifications from a French Business School as well as a Master degree specializing in International Wine & Spirit Sales.
Mathilde decided to build on her professional experience by living abroad in the United States, Spain and Scandinavia where, after first working as Marketing Director in a multinational Swedish company, she became a Buyer and “Wine Brand Manager” for a leading private import company for pan-Nordic wines & spirits.
She later returned to the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France and in 2010, Mathilde decided to team up with a business partner to embark upon a new adventure creating Domaines Pierre Chavin. By thinking outside the box, Mathilde and her team have succeeded in firmly establishing their merchant company in the wine sector and quickly built a solid international reputation thanks to their winning differentiation strategy.
As both Manager and Coach, she strives to pass on her energy and positivity to her team. Strong values, social and environmental responsibilities added to open mind made her success.