FAIR’N GREEN wins 2018 sustainability award

The sustainability award 2018 will be given to the sustainability management system of Fair'n Green e.V. (Bonn). The prize is awarded in the “Open category” because Fair'n Green highlights all areas of a company. A jury of scientists, consultants and practitioners consulted and decided on this year’s winner. The award ceremony will take place during the opening of Agrartage 2018 on January 24, 2018 at 9:00 am in tent A2 (booth 061) of the large machinery and equipment exhibition in Nieder-Olm.

The award-winning service is a management system that applies ecological, social and economic criteria to the sustainable development of a winery and its region in all areas of a winemaking, from cultivation, oenology and marketing to business organization and management accounting. In this case, the Fair’n Green e.V. conducts life cycle assessments with independent NGOs and is well connected to the industry's research and education institutions. The certified wineries are therefore always up to date in terms of research and development in the areas of sustainability and benefit both from the company-specific assessment, but also from possible benchmarks in the industry.

The sustainability system Fair'n Green is - regardless of the current philosophy of the winery - interesting for both conventional and organic farms. The jury particularly appreciated the network idea and the exchange between member wineries, which the association cultivates. This ensures the continuous improvement process. In addition, the certification system provides a self-explanatory label that identifies wines from sustainable viticulture. A plus for the increasing demand for sustainably produced products in Germany, but also on important export markets such as the Scandinavian countries, the USA and Asia.

So far, more than 30 wineries are certified according to the guidelines of Fair'n Green. Including many well-known German wineries, who are committed to their responsibility for the environment and for subsequent generations and thus dedicate themselves openly to sustainable winemaking.

The Sustainability Award 2018 was announced for the seventh time in a row. The intention of this competition is to reward products, systems and services that promote sustainable business practices for wine companies. The jury assesses criteria of ecological and social compatibility as well as economic aspects. The competition is an initiative of the “Verein Ehemaliger Oppenheimer Fachschüler” (VEO) and the DLR Rheinhessen-Nahe-Hunsrück as the organizer of the Agrartage in Nieder-Olm together with Rheinhessenwein e.V. The prize for sustainability was advertised again this year in the categories of viticulture, oenology , marketing and the open Category. Only exhibitors from the equipment and machinery exhibition in Nieder-Olm can apply. The applications in the categories viticulture, oenology and marketing unfortunately could not convince the jury. Essential for the award are environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and economically interesting attributes, but also the practical suitability, which the jury members put to the test for every application, since the awarded products and services should be directly applicable.


This text was translated by fair'n green. To see the original press statement please follow the link below.

FAIR'N GREEN gewinnt Preis für Nachhaltigkeit 2018 - Foto Alexander Sell

Carbon Neutral Wine

Die Treibhausgasemissionen der Weinherstellung und Vermarktung des Weinguts Egon Schmitt wurden von Experten der Athenga GmbH nach Maßgabe des international anerkannten Greenhouse Gas Protocols berechnet. Am Ende belief sich die CO2-Bilanz des Weinguts auf 162 Tonnen CO2-Äquivalente.

„Nur wenn man die „ökologischen Kosten“ nicht einfach externalisiert, sondern als verantwortungsvoller Unternehmer bereit ist, diese selbst zu tragen, handelt man nachhaltig“, so Jochen Schmitt.

CO2-Bilanz des Weinguts:

Auch der Jahrgang 2017 wird vollständig durch Klimaschutzprojekte kompensiert. Alle Weine des Weinguts seit 2015 gelten als co2-neutral.

Klimaschutzmaßnahmen des Weinguts

  • Ökostrom
  • Photovoltaik auf den Dächern
  • BHKW (Blockheizkraftwerk zur energieffizienten Erzeugung von elektrischem Strom und Wärme)
  • Reduktion von Flugreisen
  • Leichte Glasflaschen
  • Umweltfreundliches Verpackungsmaterial
  • Verzicht auf Mineraldünger
  • Klimaneutraler Paketversand & Spedition
  • Hybrid-PKW

„Durch Photovoltaik & KWK-Anlagen zur Energiegewinnung, Verzicht auf mineralische Stickstoffdünger, klimaneutralen Paketversand und Druckerzeugnisse minimieren wir unseren CO2-Fußabdruck soweit als möglich. Trotz aller Bemühungen verbleibt in einem Weinbaubetrieb, bedingt durch das Glas und den Dieselverbrauch der Traktoren, immer ein Überschuss an CO2-Emissionen. Diesen kompensieren wir nun durch Ankauf von Anteilen eines (UN-Goldstandard-zertifizierten) Aufforstungs-Projektes in Costa Rica, bei dem gleichzeitig durch nachhaltige Bewirtschaftung 34 gesicherte Arbeitsplätze für die Bevölkerung vor Ort geschaffen wurden. Insofern sind wir besonders stolz darauf, dass wir es mit dem Jahrgang 2016 als eines der ersten Weingüter in Deutschland geschafft haben unsere Weine CO2-neutral zu produzieren. Als deutlichen Ausdruck unseres Engagements tragen unsere Weine fortan nebenstehendes Logo auf dem Rückenetikett. Wir freuen uns sehr!“


Hier finden Sie die zugehörige Pressemitteilung.

Mechthild Heil

“One not always needs to enact a new law – Everyone can do something to make the world a little bit better”

Mechthild Heil



Congresswoman Mechthild Heil, spokesperson for consumer protection of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, talks about the system for sustainable winemaking, FAIR and GREEN.

The FAIR and GREEN association receives further support from politicians: congresswoman Mechthild Heil, spokesperson for consumer protection of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, actively supports the system for sustainable winemaking in a recent press release: “Sustainability is not only a trend, but I am convinced that every single one of us, consumers just as well as businesses, can take responsibility for our environment and the society. (…) I’m happy that regional products are being developed further and winemaking in the Ahr region can improve its already outstanding reputation.

Please take into account that this statement has been translated by us and does not constitute an official translation. You may therefore find the original press release in German on the website of congresswoman Mechthild Heil.

At FAIR and GREEN, leading wineries are developing means for sustainable winemaking: Environmental protection, corporate social responsibility and modern business management go hand in hand. As of January 2015 over 20 companies have joined the FAIR and GREEN initiative and taken the comprehensive sustainability audit of 150 criteria.

Wine Expert Markus del Monego on Advisory Board

Wine Expert Markus del Monego praises FAIR'N GREEN

Markus del Monego

Markus del Monego is on the Advisory Board of FAIR and GREEN

Markus del Monego, sommelier and wine expert, praises the sustainability standard FAIR'N GREEN. Markus del Monego won the ASI Sommelier World Championship in 1998 and carries the title Master of Wine since 2003, being the first person ever to unite these titles. His goal is to give people an understanding for the appreciation of enjoyment and high quality products. To this end, del Monego became part of the Advisory Board of the FAIR'N GREEN sustainibility system.

"The concept of Fair and Green is convincing. Working sustainably becomes more and more important in wine growing, in the cellar and in sales. Being considerate of the environment and keeping it in equilibrium with social and economic aspects - that is our challenge. Acting sustainably enables a more conscious approach to wine and can increase its quality. Ideally, there will be two winners: nature and human kind." - Markus del Monego

Press Release FAIR and GREEN e.V. – Top Wine growers contribute to climate protection

Some of the best German vineyards, including Georg Breuer, Philipp Kuhn, Meyer- Näkel, Ludi Neiss and St. Urbans- Hof, are going to start using lighter glas bottles in 2014. The associated FAIR and GREEN e.V. wine growers intend to contribute significantly to climate protection and reducing their CO2 footprint considerably.

"With this implementation we would like to give an example to the German wine industry. Is is important to us to both reduce our CO2 emission with the lighter bottles and to assert our customers the same quality of our bottles and wines," says Theresa Breuer from the Vineyard Georg Breuer.

For the CO2 balance of a vineyard the production of glas plays an important role. That is why the vineyards act on this matter to improve their CO2 balance. A so called "light" glas bottle for wine (0.75 litres) weights on the industry average approx. 390 gramms or less - a regular standard bottle still 480 gramms or more. Lighter bottles use up less resources and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Every gramm of glas accounts for approx. 0.8 gramm CO2. With a total amount of 100,000 bottles businesses can easily save approx. 7 tonnes CO2 annually simply from changing to lighter glas. The reduced fright weight adds to the reduction of CO2 emissions, which fortifies the effect.

"We intend to foster topics of the future with the initiative FAIR and GREEN and promote the sustainable developent of the German viticulture," explains Keith Ulrich, Chairman of FAIR and GREEN e.V.

"Changing to lighter bottles requires some effort - for all machines and packaging material is already set to a certain form," agrees Axel Neiss from the Vineyard Ludi Neiss. "But we are up to taking this challenge, if we can easily reduce our CO2 emissions."

Dörte Näkel from the Vineyards Meyer- Näkel adds "What has been a standard in Canada for a long time already, should also be implemented in Germany. For climate protection concerns us all and every individual makes the difference. For us wine growers the consequences of climate change are already visible."