New Zealand Winegrowers has committed to the goal of the New Zealand wine industry being net carbon zero before 2050. The pledge was in response to the New Zealand Government announcing the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill.

The challenge for many little businesses is that the compliance, process, audits, time and resources involved with carbon offsetting outweigh the cost and benefits of the actual offset. With the support of both CarbonClick (a New Zealand carbon offset provider) and New Zealand Winegrowers’ revised Sustainable wine accreditation (SWNZ) moving to a more quantitative approach New Zealand wine could be in a position to be carbon neutral should they choose before 2025.

By applying systems thinking lens to climate change that includes everyone, even the littlest of wine producers, we can drive more efficiencies in mitigating our impact on global warming.

This is well underway with SWNZ. Quantitative metrics give the industry benchmarks within regions to not only reduce their carbon footprint but also to offset it.

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