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Wednesday 4 August 2021

Leading winery takes a climate-change stand


Clare Valley-based Taylors Wines has become the first independent Australian winery to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the Paris Agreement.

Taylors - known as Wakefield Estate in Europe - today announced its further commitment to environmental sustainability by becoming a signatory to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). 

The family-owned winery has set a target to achieve a 50% reduction in its scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, in line with the more ambitious target of limiting climate change to 1.5°C under the Paris Agreement. 

The 2030 target provides a clear pathway for the winery to show it is on track to becoming net-zero by 2050.

Taylors, whose winemaking is led by Adam Eggins (above), joins 31 other leading Australian businesses including Woolworths, Telstra, and Bank Australia who have committed or set specific targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The signing of this commitment is the latest sustainability milestone by the Taylor family who have championed innovative practices to reduce its impact on the environment.

“As viticulturalists we’ve always been intimately connected to the climate and changes in the seasons" said managing director Mitchell Taylor. 

"Our industry has seen first-hand the significant impacts of climate change on wine regions around the world. As a multi-generational family winery, creating a sustainable business is essential to the future of our industry and to the planet.” 

SBTi is a collaboration between CDP Global, the United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact), World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). 

Taylors Wines has implemented a number of sustainability initiatives including energy-efficient tank refrigeration and barrel hall temperature control; regeneration of the local Wakefield River catchment area and organic cultivation practices in the vineyards including the use of sheep to manage winter grass and weed growth. 

Taylors has also become a member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia - a collaborative initiative for Australia’s grape growers and winemakers to demonstrate a continued improvement in sustainability in viticulture and winemaking

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