GHG Emission Report

Global warming is a crucial issue that affects every one of us.

The impact of global temperature increases includes rising sea levels and disrupted weather patterns that threaten the safety and livelihood of communities and habitats around the world and also affect our own trade of winegrowing. Weather changes like longer drought periods and hotter summers have an impact on local viticulture that we just can’t ignore, as the past year has shown us.

From late frost to hot summers with no rain for months and devastating fires.

We think it’s essential to begin the transition towards net-zero, by measuring our carbon footprint.

What is a carbon footprint

Your carbon footprint is the total amount of GHG released into the atmosphere as a result of your actions. To measure your carbon footprint, you must examine three types of emissions which the Green House Gas Protocol (GHGP) labels ‘scopes’.

There are essentially three categories of GHG emissions generated by your business’s processes, actions and employee behaviours.

Scope 1 covers direct emissions from owned or controlled sources.

Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by the reporting company.

Scope 3 includes all other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s supply chain.

Because scope 3 covers such a wide range of sources at such a number of different levels, it is often the largest category for businesses.

We have worked with climate partner to help us calculate our very first corporate carbon footprint according to the Greenhouse gas protocol.

Climate Partner have over 15 years’ experience and are partnering with over 5000 clients. They have developed an exclusive database of thousands of emission factors, compiled from databases such as Ecoinvent, DEFRA, Agribalyse, etc., as well as its own proprietary data. Their methodology follows the GHG Protocol and is closely aligned with ISO 14064/PAS 2060 standards

With this first assessment exercise, we can accelerate our own environmental transition. The goal is to compare our performance with that of previous years and to dedicate ourselves to continuous improvement.

Results and goals

We were surprised to see that our scope 1 and 2 emissions were minimal compared to the scope 3 part.

99,8% of our total emissions come from the use of third parties and intermediaries, whose behaviour and climate commitments we cannot really control. That’s why making our main collaborators aware of the carbon assessment practice is crucial. Engaging our stakeholders on our quest to become more climate-friendly will help us all, in the very near future, because there are emissions reduction actions that require supply chain collaboration.

80,1% of our scope 3 emissions comes from purchased Goods and Services, and a big part of this are glass bottles. We have set a first goal to decrease our average glass bottle weight over the next 2 years and we’re conducting further surveys and reviews with our supply chain to understand what they’re doing to reduce their GHG emissions and their paths to carbon neutrality.

One of the most important lessons we learned, with regard to Scope 3, is the importance of maintaining good relationships with suppliers and partners in the hope of convincing them to engage in the same carbon reduction process. We work with many suppliers that already share the same values and we are happy to continue working together on the path for a more climate friendly future.

Now that we have calculated our business’s carbon footprint with Climate Partner, we are able to use this information to set targets and develop a strategy to reduce our emissions and that of our supply chain.

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