SA’s fruit and wine industry and their partners have done a three-year study on carbon foot printing to help growers and service providers measure their carbon emissions. With this tool you will be able to highlight where in your production line the biggest contributors to your carbon footprint is. By addressing these areas you are not only reducing your carbon footprint, but also will be able to manage and/or reduce your input cost.
Some Aims of the Project:
* To highlight opportunities and threats regarding climate change in the agricultural sector.
* To create a standard for GHG auditing in the fruit and wine sector.
The Confronting Climate Change (CCC) Project is a strategic cross-industry initiative aimed at supporting the South African fruit and wine sectors’ efforts to effectively realise and respond to the opportunities and challenges posed by climate change.
A key theme of the project is the provision of a freely available on-line carbon emissions calculator together with the technical training thatsupports its adoption and use.
The results are accepted andfed into existing retailer sustainability requirements.
The aim is to enable farms, packhouses, wineries and other entities across the supply-chain to undertake accurate measurement of the energy-use and carbon-emissions intensity of their respective business activities.
Such measurement is generally accepted as a prerequisite for the effective management towards greater resource-use efficiency, reduced emissions and the long-term sustainability of business activities and operations.
Now moving into its third Phase of implementation, CCC has been going since 2008 thanks to original seed funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and various industry bodies (table grape, stone fruit, pome fruit, citrus and wine) contributions. These industries, together with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, have continued their support and commitment to the project through a successful second phase, and now into a third phase funding cycle. The third phase of the project runs from 2014 to the end of January 2017.
The focus of Phase 3:
- To support the growing momentum of measuring and reporting carbon emissions across the wine and fruit industries
- To strengthen capacity and skills across the fruit and wine industries to use the carbon calculator and conduct accurate carbon emissions training through train-the-trainer workshops
- To strengthen the industry benchmark database across all commodities through focussed regional technical workshops.
For more information:
Visit Climate Fruit and Wine