Bodegas Familiares Matarromera Lowers Environmental Impact with Pledge to International Wineries for Climate Action
Organic Granza Tempranillo producer Bodegas Familiares Matarromera lowers their environmental impact substantially. Their winery Bodega Emina in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain has committed to reduce their carbon emissions by 25% over the next 5 years among other significant initiatives. The winery is now an official Applicant Member of the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWC) group. As part of the IWC action plan, members must:
- Produce at least 20% of their own power through on-site renewable energy.
- Reduce 25% of their carbon emissions per unit of wine produced.
- Complete an annual greenhouse gas emissions audit verified by a third-party auditor.
- All members further commit to a mid-term objective of reducing total emissions by at least 50% by 2030, aiming to become Climate Positive by 2050.
Emina was the first Spanish winery company to calculate the carbon footprint of several of its wines, meaning it pioneered generating awareness of the actual environmental and atmospheric impact of its wine production.
The company’s firm commitment to sustainability has previously won it the European Business Award for the Environment (2012).” -IWC
Matarromera Continues to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Matarromera was already well on their way to lowering their environmental impact. Its project “Matarromera sustainable in planet Earth” is under way in all areas of business: an eco-efficient winery, investment in environmental sustainability, use of renewable energies to reduce energy dependence, plan to reduce energy consumption and atmospheric emissions, carbon and hydric footprint calculation, waste processing and use of by-products, eco-friendly agriculture and production and environmental R&D projects.
The Emina Winery, headquarters of Bodegas Familiares Matarromera, is the first integrated sustainable development project and a clear example of the Group’s focus on using the environment to achieve eco-efficiency in all installations: PV energy, biomass and photothermal panels.The company also works to reduce the hydric footprint of its products both in the vineyard and in the winery, employing systems and equipment that reduce consumption and rain water recovery and waste water treatment systems that close the water cycle. At National level in Spain, they are also part of Wineries for Climate Protection.
“Companies have made our way of life possible through their role as wealth creators based on their economic results,” says Bodegas Familiares Matarromera founder Carlos Moro. “Nowadays, these perceptions have changed. Companies not only contribute to the economic development of society, but also to its environmental and social development, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. It is on this belief that Bodegas Familiares Matarromera develops its corporate strategy.”
“IWCA is a collaborative working group of environmentally committed wineries focused on a science-based approach to reducing carbon emissions across the wine industry. Each member within IWCA takes responsibility to hold ourselves and each other accountable to build a cleaner, more resilient wine community for future generations.
IWCA is open to wineries from any country who recognize that climate change is the most significant threat facing the wine industry, and who are guided by the urgency for strategic action that accelerates the implementation of strategies and innovative solutions to tackle climate change.
Our goal is to share best practices that mitigate climate impacts in vineyard and winery operations so that we can act collectively to decarbonize the global wine industry today, by applying direct solutions avoiding offseting carbon credits.
IWCA was co-founded by Familia Torres and Jackson Family Wines, two leading wineries with a multi-generational vision rooted in environmental stewardship and responsible business practices. It currently has 8 winery Applicant Members from six countries.”