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Carbon Footprint Calculator: version 1.2 now available

An updated and refined Version 1.2 of the International Wine Carbon Protocol and calculator was released on 25 July 2008 and is now available for download free of charge from the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia website.

The carbon footprint calculator project was originally developed by a partnership between the wine industries of Australia, California, New Zealand and South Africa and has received international attention.

The Protocol and calculator was formally endorsed by FIVS, an association representing alcohol beverage interests, in March 2008.

Amy Russell, FIVS sustainability spokesperson, commented, “the FIVS endorsement is a key achievement. The protocol and calculator have gained recognition as a truly international carbon initiative, with relevance beyond the original four wine producing countries that collaboratively developed the project.”

“Improvements in the new version of the calculator are based on user feedback and the release of updated emission factors. A list of changes has been included in the new calculator to enable users to see both where the differences are, and how they could impact results obtained using the previous version.”

“All businesses currently using the calculator are strongly advised to transfer their data to the new Version 1.2,” continued Russell. “In most instances, this should be a simple 'cut and paste' between the two calculators.”

“Work on the Protocol and calculator will be ongoing, as new and better information becomes available, and international greenhouse gas accounting guidelines mature.

“The country-specific selection in the calculator applies to the selection of emission factors for grid energy. Producers from countries not currently included can still use the calculator, bearing in mind that the electricity emission factors may not be specifically applicable to their situation. Despite this, the calculator can be used by wine producers to identify those aspects of wine production that generate the greatest emissions.”

“Wine producers looking to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions can then address these aspects as a matter of priority.”

For further information about the WFA’s environmental activities, and to download Version 1.2 of the Protocol and Calculation Tool, visit www.wfa.org.au/environment.htm.



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