Justin Jarrett assumed tractors and generators were the biggest diesel guzzlers at his Cargo vineyard, See Saw Wines.
But after running an assessment with national sustainability program, Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, he discovered most of the fuel was actually going to company vehicles and utes.
Now, instead of switching to electric or lower emissions tractors, he plans to invest in electric vehicles. In the long run, it will allow the business to become more sustainable, and save money.
Mr Jarrett has been part of the Sustainable Winegrowing Program for about six years and is encouraging all growers to sign up.
Along with pinpointing ways wine producers can improve their environmental, economic and social practices in the vineyard or winery, it also allows grape growers and winemakers to demonstrate their sustainability credentials.
"Sustainability is not going away and the sooner we get onto it as an industry as a collective to show our credentials to the rest of the world the better," Mr Jarrett said.
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Tony Battaglene, Chief Executive of Australian Grape & Wine said demand for products, including wine, that can demonstrate they are produced sustainably continues to grow around the world.
"Consumers, retailers and governments are all paying attention.
"At the moment, consumers' purchase considerations are driving this action, with retail trends and supply chain requirements quickly catching up.
"Soon we'll have no choice but to demonstrate sustainability and it is better to be prepared for it."
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