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.
WHAT IS NEW?
DID YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT AND FOUND THAT ELECTRICITY IN YOUR PACKHOUSE/COLDSTORE IS YOUR GREATEST EMISSION SOURCE & COST?
Use this free online assessment funded by the Post Harvest Innovation Programme to better understand the benefits and viability of a PV solar
energy system for your packhouse/coldstore.