IWCA has joined the global campaign Race to Zero, a United Nations-backed, global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. IWCA becomes the first Race to Zero member representing the wine and agricultural industry.
Launched on World Environment Day 2020 (June 5th), the objective for Race to Zero is to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonized economy ahead of COP26, where governments must strengthen their contributions to the Paris Agreement. All members are credibly committed to the same overarching goal: halving emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the very latest.
"Whilst the wine industry is responsible for few emissions, it is one of the agricultural activities most affected by global climate change. We are delighted to welcome International Wineries for Climate Action into the Race to Zero, and applaud their ambition to become Climate Positive by 2050," said Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Champion for COP26.
By joining the Race to Zero, IWCA will become a facilitator and champion within the wine and agricultural industries to build momentum and support for immediate solutions that help move wine producers and vineyard owners closer to becoming climate positive. IWCA will also publish an annual report showing progress on our member wineries’ GHG emissions status and goals, which is required by Race to Zero.