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Denbies makes history as first ‘Net Zero’ UK vineyard

Published:  19 April, 2024

Denbies Wine Estate has made headlines by becoming the first vineyard and winery in the UK to attain Net Zero status according to the UK Carbon Code of Conduct standard (UKCCC). The distinction now places Denbies among a select few wine producers worldwide to achieve Net Zero in wine production.


Friday Read: Encirc on uncorking the path to Net Zero

Published:  15 March, 2024

Fiacre O’Donnell, sustainability director at glass container manufacturer Encirc, looks at the future of sustainability for wine and spirits supply, including low-carbon/alternative energy fuels and the possibilities of a digital deposit return scheme (DDRS).


Concha y Toro brings forward net zero emissions goal by 10 years

Published:  05 December, 2023

Announced at COP28 in Dubai, Viña Concha y Toro has voluntarily committed itself to achieve net zero by 2040, rather than 2050 as called for by the Paris Agreement, after reducing its carbon emissions by 35% over the last five years. 


WBWE 2023: Bulk and the path to Cop 28

Published:  24 November, 2023

As the global supply chain continues to operate in a state of flux, bulk shipping is becoming an increasingly attractive – and sustainable – proposition for wine businesses around the world… if only the required number of flexitanks and containers remain in operation.


Lafage leads new raft of silver memberships at IWCA

Published:  30 October, 2023

Three top wineries have achieved silver member status as part of the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) – a sustainability initiative founded in 2019 by Familia Torres of Spain and Jackson Family Wines in the US.


Wine Society targets ambitious carbon reduction pathways

Published:  13 March, 2023

The Wine Society has conducted what is describes as a “root and branch investigation” into its carbon footprint to help better define a roadmap to seriously curtailed Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.


Diageo and Encirc partner in net zero glass project

Published:  13 December, 2022

Diageo and the glass manufacturer Encirc have announced a partnership to create the world’s first net zero glass bottles at scale by 2030.


Sustainability in action

Published:  24 October, 2022

Retail can sometimes feel like the centre of the world in business. It joins customer to distributor and producer, as arbiter of supply and demand. This is particularly true in the wine trade, where its gatekeepers provide a vital entry point into an often obscure product category. However, in this new era of hyper sustainability sensitivity, retail has a less obvious – if equally important – role to play, with less power over sustainability related goals than some might think.


Virgin achieves carbon neutral

Published:  06 October, 2022

Online retailer Virgin Wines has reached a new milestone in its sustainability journey, by announced that they have officially been certified carbon neutral.


Culling carbon - how to face the challeneges of Net Zero

Published:  06 July, 2022

Harpers drew together a panel at LWF to discuss Meeting the Challenges of the Net Zero Journey, which delivered compelling insights into the demanding but critical journey ahead.


The indies on a net-zero mission

Published:  04 May, 2022

Sonya Hook catches up with two indie wine merchants committed to doing greener business that have reinforced their ethical stance by signing up to Harpers’ Sustainability Charter.


The Wine Society pledges to hit net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040

Published:  08 November, 2021

The Wine Society is undertaking an ambitious project to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its business and supply chain by 2040 as part of its mission to be the most ethical and responsible wine retailer in the world.


Leading producers call for greater industry action over climate change

Published:  04 November, 2021

Twenty-two CEOs and senior leaders of International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) have written an open letter to all CEO’s in the wine industry calling on them to begin working towards net zero emissions by 2050.


Scotch Whisky Association receives UN recognition for sustainability commitments

Published:  20 September, 2021

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has become the UK’s first food and drink trade association to be recognised as a Race to Zero partner.


Joint Harpers-NZ webinar to examine myths and facts around sea-shipping emissions

Published:  07 December, 2020

With food miles increasingly under scrutiny, Harpers is partnering with New Zealand Winegrowers to host a webinar looking into misconceptions surrounding the sustainability or otherwise of transporting wines across the world’s oceans.