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Spanish wine entrepreneur Miguel A. Torres of the eponymous winery calls on wine producers to fight climate change. ""We are not talking about climate change, we are talking about a climate emergency. This is worse for viticulture than phylloxera," he said during a lecture on the impact of climate change on the wine industry. Torres is a founding partner of International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) and has invested over €15 million in renewable energy, biomass, electric cars, energy efficiency, reforestation and research since 2007. Between 2008 and 2020, the company says it has reduced CO2 emissions by 34 per cent per bottle. Its goal, he says, is to reduce them by 60 to 70 per cent by 2030 and to zero by 2050.

Torres describes viticulture as an indicator of climate change and a "sector that is already suffering the consequences on an international level". For him, the extreme weather events of recent years with fires and smoke damage, frost, hail and heat waves are "a sign of what to expect in the future".

The IWCA is a working group of wineries that advocates a science-based approach to reducing carbon emissions across the wine industry.

(al / source: drinksbusiness; photo: Pixabay Greg Reese)

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