James Cartlidge MP
1 Horse Guards Road
An open letter to the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, James Cartlidge MP
The manufacturing and recycling of glass bottles is wine's biggest greenhouse gas contributor. In order to minimise the carbon footprint of the wines we drink, we need to seek out wines in alternative packaging wherever possible.
Switching from glass to alternative formats could save as much as 750,000,000 KgCO2e of emissions every year in the UK alone. This is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road overnight, and equates to well over a third of the carbon footprint of wine consumed in the UK.
The IPCC’s (International Panel on Climate Change) recently found that without deep and meaningful emissions reductions across all sectors, it will not be possible to limit global warming to 1.5°C. In the scenarios they assessed, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 43% this decade.
We believe that like all other sectors, wine is duty bound to achieve this target as an absolute minimum. This will not be possible without reducing our reliance on traditional glass bottles. Viable alternative formats include boxed wine, canned wine, kegs, returnable glass bottles, paper bottles and pouches, all of which come with vastly reduced carbon footprints as well as a variety of other benefits. Crucially, there is little or no perceivable difference in quality between these formats and wine in glass bottles for wines drunk within a few months of purchase, as most are.
Wine Traders for Alternative Formats (WTAF) is an alliance of premium and innovative wine companies promoting quality wine in alternative formats. We support the WTAF mission to reduce our reliance on single-use glass bottles and back their call for the introduction of consumer tax incentives for carbon-friendly alternative packaging.
Oliver Lea - Managing Director, The BIB Wine Company
Jancis Robinson OBE MW
Hugh Johnson OBE
Aidy Smith - TV Presenter, Drinks Columnist for the Evening Standard
Aleesha Hansel - Wine Writer, Judge and Presenter/Broadcaster
Andrew Catchpole - Editor, Harpers Wine and Spirit
Ceri Parke - Owner, Cantina Goccia
Dom de Ville - Director of Sustainability and Social Impact, The Wine Society
Dr Jacopo Mazzeo - Wine Journalist, Photographer and Consultant
Emma and Andrew Nielsen - Co-Owners, Le Grappin
Helen McGinn - Author, Wine Writer, Presenter and Co-Chair International Wine Challenge
Helena Nicklin - Wine Writer, Broadcaster, Judge & Author
Jack Green - Co-Founder, Vinca Wine
Jane MacQuitty MBE - The Times Wine Critic
Jane Masters MW
Jo Gilbert - Deputy Editor, Harpers Wine and Spirit
Joanna Simon - Editor, Waitrose & Partners Drinks Magazine
Kirsty Tinkler - Director Weino BIB