International Wineries for Climate Action formed to gather the most environmentally committed wineries working towards 80% reduction of total carbon emissions by 204
Barcelona, February 28th, 2019. Familia Torres and Jackson Family Wines have announced today in Barcelona their intention to create a working group of wineries from all over the world to join efforts towards CO2 emissions reduction. The goal is to galvanize action within the global wine community to mitigate and reverse the impacts of climate change by decarbonizing the industry. Wineries will share the commitment of achieving 80% reduction of total carbon emissions (Scopes 1, 2 & 3) by 2045.
Both family-owned wineries are looking to create a space for collaboration that encourages the sharing of best practices that reduce climate impact in vineyard and winery operations. Membership will focus on wineries who recognize that climate change is a significant threat facing the wine industry and who are guided by the urgency for strategic action that accelerates the implementation of innovative solutions to tackle climate change.
The collaborative effort of the working group, the International Wineries for Climate Action, will start with establishing a framework to understand and measure progress towards the defined goal, involving 3 key points: first, establish a baseline of current carbon emissions across Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by conducting third-party verified annual greenhouse gas emissions inventories; second, adopt the guidance established in 2015 through COP21 and the Paris Agreement to take a science-based approach to reducing emissions; and finally utilize at least 20% renewable energy generated by on-site systems to offset winery electricity consumption.
Katie Jackson, second-generation proprietor and senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Jackson Family Wines, stated about the initiative: “Our common goal is to move beyond conversations around the urgency of climate change by collaborating on scalable solutions to reduce our global industry’s carbon footprint.” And Miguel A. Torres, president at Familia Torres and member of the fourth generation, continued: “We are just at the beginning with our initiative, but we hope it will be a trigger, a boost for other wineries to join and accelerate or to start the implementation of carbon-emissions-reduction-programs.”
Familia Torres and the Jackson Family – two leading wine families dedicated to crafting high quality wines from renowned wine regions across the globe – share a multigenerational vision rooted in environmental stewardship and responsible practices. Both wineries have reduced more than 25% of their total carbon emissions per bottle since they started auditing their respective carbon footprints.
About Familia Torres
The origins of the Torres family in the Catalan Penedès region – near Barcelona – date back to the 17th century. Historically the family has vineyards in the Catalan appellations of origin Penedès, Conca de Barberà, Priorat and Costers del Segre. Miguel Torres fourth generation pioneered in planting Cabernet Sauvignon in Spain creating ‘Mas la Plana’ in 1970. Today the fifth generation is focusing on recovering ancestral Catalan varieties. The Torres family is present in other Spanish iconic regions with singular wines and vineyards. Internationally Torres was the first foreign family to invest in Chile back in 1979 and today Torres lead the recovery of ancient varieties like País and Carignan. Familia Torres is a member of PFV, an association of 12 wine families who are among the most prestigious wine producers of their regions. www.torres.es
About Jackson Family Wines
Jackson Family Wines is a family-owned wine company with a penchant for exploration. Founder Jess Jackson placed his faith in farming and a meticulous expression of wine with his first landscape-changing vintage in 1982, an ethos that chairman and proprietor Barbara Banke, the Jackson family and the company’s employees continue to uphold to this day. The family’s collection of 40 wineries span significant winegrowing regions across the globe, from California, Oregon, France and Italy in the northern hemisphere, to Australia, Chile and South Africa in the southern half of the globe. Artisan winemaking underscores a steadfast commitment to making exceptional wines in the most responsible manner. The Jackson family’s focus on vineyard ownership remains key to consistent high quality and environmental stewardship for future generations. To learn more, please visit: www.jacksonfamilywines.com