FIVS-Foresee is an initiative that encourages the adoption of meaningful environmental sustainability programmes based on the ability of these initiatives to satisfy the triple bottom line concept of combining financial viability with the requirements of social and environmental sustainability. FIVS has developed resources to help organisations and companies from the industry to plan and implement sustainable development programmes.
The Global Wine Producers Environmental Sustainability Principles set forth general tenets that promote the idea that the continued health of the wine industry rests entirely on natural resources (e.g., solar energy, appropriate climate, clean water, healthy soils, etc.) that are successfully integrated with sound ecological processes. These principles embrace the view that the protection and development of these natural resources within sound sustainable development practices is essential.
The initiative to develop the Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol was undertaken by a partnership of wine industry bodies in South Africa, the United States (California), New Zealand, and Australia. Key to the process was achieving consensus on the emissions sources to be included and excluded in carbon footprint calculations.
The protocol forms the basis for the Greenhouse Gas Calculator, which forms an illustrative application of the protocol. Wine producers using different calculation tools will also be able to claim participation in the international industry approach if their chosen tool is shown to be consistent with the adopted industry carbon footprint protocol. In creating these tools, the following references were consulted:
The Greenhouse Gas Calculator is based upon and forms an illustrative application of the Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol. Currently realised as an Excel Spreadsheet, the Calculator is intended to become a web-based tool in the future (Greenhouse Gas Calculator Users' Guide).
Since 2007, FIVS has been working with the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) on the development of guidelines for sustainable winegrowing that incorporate FIVS' Principles. It is hoped that these will be formally adopted by the OIV.
The Sustainability Mapping project compiles information about national sustainability programmes. Topics include, among others, site selection (for new operations), varieties selected (for new vineyards), soil conditions, water use efficiency and carbon accounting. The sustainability mapping document is currently being developed.
If you would like to become involved with this initiative, or need access to the FIVS-Alive online working platform, please contact the Secretariat. Please note that you need to be logged-in to your FIVS account to view the documents posted in the members only section below.