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The heads of the 22 wineries of the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) have called on the international wine trade to join their concept to decarbonise the wine industry. To this end, they have signed an open letter in which they call on the directors of all wine trading companies to work emission-free by 2050.
IWCA was founded in 2019 by Miguel Torres (Spain) and Jackson Family Wines (USA). The aim of the association is to develop a standardised methodology for recording annual greenhouse gas emissions and to make this available to small wineries - without high costs. From this derives the commitment to a regional plan for emission reduction and the proof of progress oriented towards scientifically sound goals.

IWCA positions itself as a unified voice that can push for faster action throughout the wine supply chain, as well as a support network for sharing best practices. The letter published for the World Climate Change Conference in Glasgow says: "We believe that each of us has an obligation to do what we can, within our influence, to reduce our emissions. We believe that the wine trade can be a beacon of hope and action in the global response to the climate crisis - and can serve as a model for other sectors. Without swift and decisive emissions reductions, our future will be one of almost unimaginable disruption, with devastating consequences for the wine-growing regions we love and the wines we produce for people around the world."

(al / source: IWCA; photo: iwcawine.org)

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