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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.

Scheduled for 9 February at 4.30pm, the session – New Zealand Sustainability: Challenging the Myths Around Food Miles – will bring together leading voices from the trade to explore just how such shipping sits with the country’s green and clean industry.

New Zealand’s wine producers are set to achieve net-zero emissions ahead of a 2050 regulatory deadline and highly efficient sea-shipping delivers just 1/5 the greenhouse gas emissions of transport by road.

The big question to be addressed by our panel is how this net-zero goal sits with resulting transport emissions, and whether the reality of sea freight emissions is enough to offset environmental concerns over ‘wine miles’ in the consumers’ collective mind.

Joining the session will be a panel comprising: Ed Massey, general manager, sustainability, New Zealand Wine Growers; George Soleas, president & CEO, Liquor Control Board of Ontario; Troy Christensen, CEO, Enotria & Coe; Anne Jones, category manager, Wine Beer & Spirits, Waitrose; and Simon Buck, co-founder, Wine Dog Imports; with Harpers editor Andrew Catchpole hosting the debate.

With climate change likely to soar back to the top of the agenda in 2021 as the pandemic recedes, leaving in its wake an ever more environmentally-conscious world, this promises a not-to-be-missed discussion for those seeking to sell New Zealand and its strong environmental credentials.

International demand for New Zealand wine has surged over the past decade, with total export value now reaching a record-breaking NZ$2 billion in 2020, representing a doubling of exports over the past decade, and with sustainability a key message supporting those sales.

To pre-register for our free New Zealand Sustainability: Challenging the Myths Around Food Miles webinar, click through here.