Welcome to the South African Fruit and Wine Industry Initiative project website.
Climate change is predicted to directly impact South Africa's mean annual temperature and rainfall ranges, influencing pest and disease distributions,
flowering and fruiting seasons, and ground water resources. Climate change also impacts indirectly, through the growing awareness amongst consumers
and the corresponding demand for carbon-efficient business processes. The agricultural sector is a large source of greenhouse gases (GHGs)
through activities such as land-use change, agrochemical application and fossil fuel use. In addition, South Africa's energy supply is large
coal-based, and this means that when compared to our competitive agricultural exporting nations which utilize more renewable energy sources,
our carbon footprint for is large.
On the positive side, the sector is highlighted as offering significant mitigation potential through the promotion of conservation farming techniques and
technologies which increase the carbon sequestration of land-use based practices. What is needed is an understanding of the current greenhouse gas emissions
that result from agri-production and processing activities, and how best to reduce these while maintaining product quality and quantity. That is the purpose of
this project, which aims to be interactive and informative to provide the users, like yourself, with the information you need to undertake a carbon
footprint audit, understand what the results mean, and recommend actions you can take to improve the carbon efficiency of your systems.
The Greening Game: Where do the risks and opportunities exist within your supply chain?
Take part in the carbon
calculator and see what your profile looks like.
Doing a carbon footprint is much more than putting a label on your product; it's about evaluating
where your major energy requirements are, where the GHG emission hotspots are within your supply chain,
and understanding how to become more efficient through all your business processes. With electricity tariff hikes a reality and a
governmental GHG monitoring plan imminent, those who use their initiative and are early actors in this area will be better prepared
for any mandatory requirements in the future and will have sustainable business practices embedded in their businesses that will
secure their place in the market going forward.
Nicholas Stern: 'I got it wrong on climate change – it's far, far worse'
Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is 'on track' for 4C rise.
Carbon tax from 2015, as new biofuels incentive is unveiled
The South African government has confirmed that a carbon tax will be phased in from January 1, 2015, as part of South Africa′s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change and encourage energy efficiency measures.
FEEDBACK ON THE POST HARVEST INNOVATION′S Energy Audit Initiative
Koos Bouwer recently provided an update on progress of this initiative. To date, a total of 54 pack houses signed contracts with the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) at the CSIR to participate in this initiative.
PAPER: Climate Change in the Western Cape of South Africa: Trends, Projections and Implications for Chill Unit Accumulation.
PAPER: From graft to bottle′–Analysis of energy use in viticulture and wine production and the potential for solar renewable technologies.
WINE NEWS: CRAZY WEATHER IMPACTING AUSTRAILIAN SEASON & PERU A SIGNFICANTLY GROWING WINE INDUSTRY
Grapes cooking on the vines
SOLUTIONS FOR DROUGHT: POMEGRANATES UNDER MULCH IN INDIA
Grapevines have gone into shutdown around Australia as they try to protect themselves against the heat. Experts say this protection method is killing crops as the vines are basically cooking their own grapes from the inside. And its expected these damaged vines will lose more than 15% of this season's crops to the heat, reports ABC News. Click here to read the full article.