In July 2018, a Climate Change Leadership Summit was held in Porto Portugal in an effort to find combative solutions for the wine industry. With support from former US President Barack Obama, The Porto Protocol was launched to provide a wine industry-led initiative that gives industry leaders, through the convergence of ideas, the chance to work together and towards a more sustainable future. This unique tool is a forum to share case studies and stories of success where all members can benefit from the learnings of others.
The Porto Protocol started with the wine industry, as grape growing is particularly sensitive to the impacts of an increasingly unpredictable climate. In March this year a follow up conference was held in order to expand the platform to other agricultural industries. Today, this wine industry led initiative is more than just a call to action, it is a binding commitment by its signatories, from across all industries, to make a greater contribution to mitigate climate change.
Pernod Ricard Winemakers signatory to The Porto Protocol follows its commitment to using 100 per cent renewable energy at its Australian operation by mid-2019. The announcement comes following the launch of the Pernod Ricard’s Sustainability and Responsibility 2030 Roadmap “Good Times from a Good Place”, which sets out action around four pillars (Nurturing Terroir, Valuing People, Circular Making, Responsible Hosting) in line with two United National Sustainability Development Goals.