How to use these resources
You’re keen to start decarbonising your wine business. You know it’ll help you reduce costs, create value, and future-proof your business. But you also might be wondering where to start – don’t worry, we've got you covered.
Simply follow our 5-step pathway below to discover practical tools and resources to help you identify, measure, and lower your emissions. Work your way through them at your own pace, put the lessons into practice, and start seeing results.
5 steps to reduce your carbon footprint
The Wine Decarbonisation Pathway starts with energy efficiency. The end goal is to move away from fossil fuels, but by first taking steps to improve existing processes, equipment and operations, your transition will be more efficient and more cost effective.
The pathway has been broken down into 5 steps. Each step provides practical information for winemakers and growers, no matter how far along the decarbonisation journey you are.
Step 1: Increase engagement and awareness
Understanding your emissions impact is a crucial first step. Here you’ll find out where your emissions are coming from, the benefits of reducing them, plus learn from other businesses already on the decarbonisation journey.
Step 2: Measure emissions and set targets
The most important step in energy management and conservation is measuring and accounting for energy consumption. In this section, you’ll learn how to calculate a baseline for your energy use, so you can gauge how your vineyard or winery is performing and track progress against future improvements.
Step 3: Optimise equipment and improve processes
Reviewing and adjusting the way your equipment is performing can be a big win for energy reduction, cost reduction, and increased productivity.
Step 4: Reduce energy demand
Before switching fuels, it’s important to reduce your energy demand. That way, your need for renewables will be as low as possible. A good way to reduce energy demand is by upgrading your technology or processes.
Step 5: Switching to renewable energy
Fuel switching to renewable energy sources is the final step to decarbonising. By following steps 1-4, you'll be in the best position to make an informed decision about fuel switching, in the most cost-effective way.
Got a question?
We’re here to help. If you have a question about any step in the pathway, send us an email and one of our experts will get back to you.
EECA offers a range of co-funding and support to businesses wanting to make the switch to renewable energy or implement innovative projects that will reduce carbon emissions. The criteria that need to be met varies depending on the programme. The following funds may be of interest for the wine sector.