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WELCOME

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.



The CCC carbon footprinting tool has been independently audited by the Carbon Trust who have recognized the tool as being a reliable and credible resource for companies that make up the supply chains of the South African fruit and wine industry to measure the carbon footprints of their products.














19 completed footprints for the
   Sunday's River region.


13 completed footprints for the
   Cederberg / Olifants River region.


186 completed footprints for the
   Berg River region.





This project is truly a collaboration of all the players in the industry and its success relies on the active involvement of the industry representatives. This is not just another mandatory requirement for exporting purposes- the value lies in the user undertaking the carbon footprinting exercise to gain an understanding of their GHG emission profile through their section of the supply chain, and what it means in terms of efficiency opportunities or potential financial risk going forward.

Please do not hesitate to contact the project team, or your industry representative if you have any comments, suggestions or questions. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Project Co-ordinator: Hugh Campbell
Tel: 021 882 8470, Email: hugh@hortgro.co.za

Project Manager: Anél Blignaut
Email: anel@bluenorth.co.za

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Increased severity of drought is predicted to be one of the major impacts of climate change to the agricultural sector in South Africa, particularly within the Western Cape, the major fruit & wine region.



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