- November 17th, 2021
Bonterra becomes world’s first organically farmed, Climate Neutral certified wine
The California brand of Viña Concha y Toro, published its climate footprint and offset 110% of its emissions, thus achieving climate neutrality across all business scopes.
Building on decades of wine industry leadership in regenerative farming, scientific research and responsible business, Bonterra Organic Vineyards has announced that it has achieved Climate Neutral certification for its entire business, and publicly published its climate footprint.
The certification places Bonterra, the leading organic winery in the U.S., at the vanguard of brands across industries choosing to disclose their emissions footprints, commit to near-term reduction targets, and communicate openly and transparently with consumers about their climate impact.
“Everything with a price tag comes with a cost to the planet”, said Rachel Newman, Vicepresident of Marketing for Bonterra. “The climate crisis demands that we act now and that we act boldly. Publicly sharing our emissions footprint and taking responsibility in a really clear, open way was important for us to do now—not in five, 10 or 30 years”.
Bonterra worked with nonprofit organization Climate Neutral to account for all scopes of greenhouse gas emissions created in Bonterra wines’ journey, from cradle to consumer. In 2020, 37.2% of Bonterra’s emissions derived from packaging and materials, 25.2% from shipping, 16.5% from production, 16.1% from farming and grapes, and 5% from employee commuting and travel. Bonterra offset 110% of its footprint through responsible, third-party sourced, nature-based carbon credits.
“There’s an opportunity for consumers and brands to work together to redefine climate action as something ambitious, immediate, and ongoing”, said Austin Whitman, CEO of Climate Neutral. “As part of achieving its Climate Neutral certification, Bonterra has measured and compensated for its past emissions, and begun the essential work of reducing its emissions further, showing that the wine industry can play a key role in moving toward a net-zero world”.
In the coming weeks a robust ad campaign featuring Bonterra’s Climate Neutral announcement will be featured prominently in a variety of major U.S. publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle.
For more information about Bonterra’s commitment to Climate Neutral winegrowing, please visit www.bonterra.com/climate-neutral.