Wines and Spirits Industries: the realities of climate change

Around the world people are taking on the challenges of climate change. If they are to continue in their historic industries they must experiment but time is not on their side. Cooperation and sharing knowledge globally is a necessity to stay in business through adversity caused by climate change. Cutting dependence on fossil fuels doesn’t just help industry, it helps the local and global environment.

Wine makers are cooperating with one another to share ideas and set examples of good practice:

“Vintners are changing across the globe. Spain’s Familia Torres has committed to reducing emissions per bottle by 30%. Their actions include use of a biomass boiler that burns old vines and pruning canes, reducing natural gas use by 95%, use of recycled water, wide-scale use of hybrids and electric vehicles, and installation of solar arrays. 53 Torres and Jackson wineries founded International Wineries for Climate Action and encouraged other wineries worldwide to help address the challenges posed by a changing climate. 54”

The above quote from “Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need”by Michael P. Hoffmann, Carrie Koplinka-Loehr, Danielle L. Eiseman 

Another example of investing in proactive business protection is this famous producer of Tabasco sauce:

“The McIlhenny family of Avery Island, Louisiana, has been making Tabasco sauce for 150 years in the face of hurricanes and storm surges, such as Hurricane Rita, which came close to flooding their production facilities in 2005. They have invested in a 20 ft. (6 m) tall levee, a pump system, and backup generators to help ensure their annual production of 750,000 bottles of Tabasco sauce continues. 73 They are also restoring wetlands to help address the increasing threat of sea level rise. The tenacity and ingenuity of the McIlhenny family should give us hope that the Bloody Mary will be around for a long time, despite the many changes.”

The distilling industry is worth billions of dollars and so can only see benefits in maintaining profits by reducing use of fossil fuels. Many have switched to solar and other renewable energy sources and switched to electric delivery trucks.

Bacardi, the world’s largest family owned spirits company, has halved its water use since 2006, a leader in proactive preparation. It also states on its website:

BACARDI FIRST IN FIGHT AGAINST PLASTIC POLLUTION WITH 100% BIODEGRADABLE SPIRITS BOTTLE

October 21, 2020

Their HQ is Hamilton, Bermuda…..surrounded by ocean and therefore acutely aware of the crisis of plastic pollution, they have been proactive and made this great step forward not to be part of the problem but to be part of the solution.

In addition, as I write this I note:

“December 01, 2022–The 100% plastic free new Bacardi gift packs are a milestone in its mission to remove all single-use plastic from its gifting range by end of 2023.”

We must, each and every one of us, ensure we support this direction of industrial innovation.

Marble Distillery in Colorado saves 4 million gallons of water a year. But it has no choice as the river has shrunk through successive droughts. The Colorado River is one of the principle rivers in the South Western United States and northern Mexico, and a vital source of water for 40 million people. It is around 1,450 miles long and supplies Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and Tucson. It is expected to run dry before it reaches the Pacific as climate change keeps reducing the river’s flow as we head toward 2050. Any industry dependent on large amounts of water from this river must adapt, but in the end, perhaps accept the river will no longer be a reliable source of plentiful freshwater in the near future.

Shrinking Lake Mead

About borderslynn

Retired, living in the Scottish Borders after living most of my life in cities in England. I can now indulge my interest in all aspects of living close to nature in a wild landscape. I live on what was once the Iapetus Ocean which took millions of years to travel from the Southern Hemisphere to here in the Northern Hemisphere. That set me thinking and questioning and seeking answers. In 1998 I co-wrote Millennium Countdown (US)/ A Business Guide to the Year 2000 (UK) see https://www.abebooks.co.uk/products/isbn/9780749427917
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