Works in progress at the Forum for Sustainability of Italian Wine

Foto-3_portaleThe Forum for Sustainability of Italian Wine, promoted by both Unione Italiana Vini and Gambero Rosso on Attilio Scienza’s, Michele Manelli’s, and Marco Sabellico’s initiative, was established in 2013 as a working group with 37 members of the technical-scientific community of the chain, with specific expertise on the subject.
More than 500 Italian wine growing and producing companies joined one of the 15 programmes aimed at the sustainable development of this chain. This process involved 31 universities and research centres, 10 associations and governmental institutions with the purpose of enhancing Italian sustainable processes and products on international markets, too.
But no less than 80% of the more than 1,000 wine companies have joined the surveys sponsored by the Forum in order to consider sustainability as an essential strategic driver of their development. The same companies show a clear and consistent trend towards sustainability, consisting of actions aimed at improving their land, process and product, as well as company’s profitability. These concurrences find practical application in the management models proposed by the 15 national programmes. From their analysis, three Macro Indicators concerning Environmental Sustainability of wine clearly emerge: GHG emissions (also related to the consumption of energy), consumption and pollution of water, maintenance and protection of biodiversity.
With the First Report submitted on October 25th, 2014 in Rome, the Forum undertook a path of openness and further expansion to all stakeholders, serving as an incentive for a constituent concerning sustainable development of wine. The Forum will continue its works, in-depth analysis, and definition of action over the next few months, with the aim of presenting a contribution to the works of EXPO 2015 (Milan, Italy, May1st to October 31st, 2015).

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