New report: Climate change threatens progress across SDGs

16 July 2019. A newly released United Nations’ report on the Sustainable Development Goals has warned that the impacts of climate change and increasing inequality across and within countries are undermining progress on the sustainable development agenda, threatening to reverse many of the gains made over the last decades that have improved people’s lives. Read more…


Trade should stop bottling it on carbon emissions

4 July 2019. Bottling and packaging play by far the largest role in the green house gas (GHG) emissions generated by the production and distribution of a wine, contributing 42% of the total carbon footprint, delivering a clear ‘innovation challenge’ for the trade if it is to fully join the march towards greater sustainability. Read more…


Recovery of soil health crucial for agricultural sustainability

25 June 2019. The life of agricultural soil in South Africa is in a state of total imbalance after years of uninformed application of agricultural chemicals combined with practices that are, often unwittingly, detrimental to soil health. Read more…


Climate change at the tipping point

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Companies See Climate Change Hitting Their Bottom Lines in the Next 5 Years

7 June 2019. Many of the world’s biggest companies, from Silicon Valley tech firms to large European banks, are bracing for the prospect that climate change could substantially affect their bottom lines within the next five years. Read more…


SA agriculture learning to dance with the wind

7 May 2019 – The South African agricultural sector has been facing severe headwinds over the past few years. It came in the form of policy uncertainty, drought in large parts of the country, devastating disease outbreaks, infrastructure constraints and persistent non-tariff barriers and other trade-related problems. Read more…


Thinking Outside the Wine Box about Climate Change & the Future of Wine

25 April 2019 – The impact of climate change on your wine business goes beyond what you see in your vineyard or cellar and the cost of inaction now in terms of future consequences is likely to be pretty high. Climate change creates losers and some winners and the policies that are eventually adopted to deal with it will be the same. It is difficult to imagine a scenario where wine will be among the winners and we can already see the negative effects. Read more…


South Africa: Latest water levels

9 April 2019 – Water levels across the Western Cape have continued to decline over the past seven days, despite substantial rain last week. Read more…


Rethinking the Business Side of Climate Change and Wine

2 April 2019 – Powered in part by the Porto Protocol the big international gathering showed that the wine industry is moving the needle on climate change, both in terms of mitigating the impacts and addressing causes. Read more…