Founded in February 2019 by the Torres Family (Spain) and Jackson Family Wines (USA), IWCA is a collaborative group committed to accelerating innovative solutions to help to mitigate the impacts of climate change through the decarbonization of the global wine industry. The objective of the IWCA is for its members to implement a long-term strategy that will enable a reduction in their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) of 80% by 2045, with a shorter-term target of 50% by 2030.
To be recognized as definitive members of this group, wineries must meet the following requirements:
- Their operations must be at least 20% powered by onsite renewable energy (not bought in).
2. They must have completed a third-party verified GHG inventory, Scopes 1-3 (using the World Resources Institute GHG protocol and ISO 14064 process).
3. They must have demonstrated at least a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions per unit of wine produced from a baseline emissions inventory year.
4. They must make a commitment to reduce total emissions (scope 1-3) by 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2045.
The four IWCA applicants have fulfilled by showing a credible baseline GHG emissions inventory for scope 1 and 2 and have made a commitment to achieve the requirements for becoming permanent members within a five-year timeframe.
VSPT Wine Group, one of Chile’s foremost wine export groups, has been committed to sustainable wine production for over ten years. Its primary focus is to succeed in producing wines with 100% renewable energy by 2021, as well as having a robust biodiversity plan to recover ecosystems and a pioneering waste management programme in Chile.
“Our sense of urgency and concern for the future of Chile’s wine industry is deeply aligned with the values of IWCA and its commitment to mitigate climate change around the world,” said Bárbara Wolff, Corporate Affairs & Innovation Manager.