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."