Pictured L>R Laura Herrero Elmon Sustainability, James Vallance Pinnacle Drinks, Aubrey Thomas Green Industries SA, Scott Hazeldine Barossa Australia, Stephen Summers Hill-Smith Family Estates, Zac McCrindel RDA BGLAP, Dr Chris Colby Colby Phillips Advisory,

Transforming the Wine Industry: Barossa Australia’s Innovative Project Aims for Zero Carbon Bottles and Green Gas Solutions

Barossa Australia, the peak body for grape and wine producers in the world-famous South Australian wine region, is embarking on an ambitious project to transform the local industry and pave the way for a sustainable future.

The organisation has been awarded a $100,000 Lead-Educate-Assist-Promote (LEAP) Grant from Green Industries South Australia (GISA) to support this initiative.

In partnership with leading Adelaide consultancy Colby Phillips Advisory, Barossa Australia aims to develop commercial solutions that will enable wine producers, glass bottle manufacturers, and ‘Green Gas’ producers to collaborate and work towards providing a Nett Zero-emission glass wine bottles for domestic consumers and carbon sensitive export markets.

“We are hugely committed to the opportunity to translate innovative thinking into tangible and positive outcomes for the sector and the environment”

– Scott Hazeldine, CEO of Barossa Australia.

The project consists of three main phases:

Stage 1:
Development of a Nett Zero-carbon bottle concept.

Stage 2: New “Green Gas” retail products for wine producers to reduce Scope 1 emissions at their own wineries.

Stage 3: A feasibility study of an Anaerobic Digestion Plant in the Barossa Valley to use local agricultural waste to produce and inject ‘Green Gas’ into the local gas supply network.

To ensure the project’s success, Barossa Australia has established a project advisory group comprising key stakeholders from major wine producers, glass bottle manufacturers, government agencies, and regional organisations. This group will provide guidance, insights, and support throughout the project’s duration.

Barossa Australia expects that this project will unlock new partnerships and collaborations within the wine industry.

“These initiatives will contribute to decarbonization and circularisation of the wine industry. They can create substantial new investment and job opportunities in the Barossa and other regions across Australia too” says Scott Hazeldine. “The project sets a precedent for Australia, which has faced challenges in terms of regulatory support, incentives, and supply chain consensus,” adds Scott. “Barossa Australia’s unique approach bridges this gap by fostering collaboration among major stakeholders across the supply chain to establish a planned and scalable long-term solution.”

The project is already underway and is scheduled to be completed by December 2024. Results will be progressively released to stakeholders as the project proceeds with outcomes on the development of a Nett Zero-carbon bottle concept expected later this year.

Barossa Australia aims to share the project’s progress, outcomes, and reports with stakeholders and the wider public, serving as an exemplar for other regions seeking to decarbonize their agribusiness supply chains and harness bioresources for bioenergy production.

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