Amorim Corks Slashes 22 000 tons’ CO₂ emissions off South African Wine Production in 2019

Amorim Corks Slashes 22 000 tons’ CO₂ emissions off South African Wine Production in 2019

Climate change has become a major issue and global talking-point due to its effects on the environment and the repercussions this could be having or possibly have. Agriculture sectors like wine are not indifferent to it. To be truly sustainable, one has to consider all aspects of the operations and those of the respective supply chain – whether it is sustainable farming methods, energy use, waste treatment, recycling rates, transport type, packaging, as well as a keen realisation of how this all impacts on the planet, socially and environmentally.

It all adds up.

At Amorim we have always had a firm commitment to developing high quality products, but also resource efficient and produced in a sustainable manner, based on a sustainable raw material – cork. Cork is a completely natural, reusable and recyclable material, sourced from cork oak forests which act as retention hubs for CO2.

But we always endeavour to go further.

In 2019, Amorim commissioned an independent lifecycle assessment (LCA) study on the role of cork in retaining CO2 measured from the forest floor to finished product, including transport. The studies were conducted by leading consultancy and auditing firms EY and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The findings of this peer reviewed study indicate that when considering sequestration by the ecosystem made feasible by the cyclic extraction of cork, a retention capacity up to 309 grams of CO₂ is associated with every natural cork stopper and as much as 562 grams with a sparkling wine stopper.

Extrapolating these findings to the wine corks supplied to our South African customers, and although each producer’s total carbon retention made possible by the use of our corks differ, the combined contribution is striking: from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019, our customers contributed to a total of 22 000 tons of CO₂ retention.

Because of its relevance, at the end of the financial year we supply each customer with their own personalised certificate, underscoring their tangible measurable contribution to carbon retention, which also validates and emphasize the united commitment to sustainability.

Amorim has been a partner to the wine industry for 150 years, sharing the challenges and the opportunities of our customers world-wide. The current quest to ensure an environmentally sustainable industry is one of the most profound challenges to date, and our shared commitment and co-operation is on track to see this being realised.

Because as supplier and customer, we are stronger together.

Joaquim Sá
Managing Director: Amorim Cork South Africa

The magnificent cork oak. Growing sustainably. Harvested sustainably.