CGA was a founding member of the Confronting Climate Change (CCC) project – a South African fruit and wine initiative that began in 2008. The basic concept for the project was to enable producers and supply chain stakeholders to identify risks and opportunities relating to carbon emissions. This is achieved through a benchmarking process whereby data is captured into an online Carbon Calculator and participants can observe how their figures compare to others around them.

The tool quickly picks up “hotspots” in farming operations which are, not surprisingly, often linked to energy intensive activities. In this sense the CCC team are able to guide users towards more efficient – and cost saving – alternative solutions. Besides illustrating how reducing electricity consumption over time resulted in reductions in CO2 emissions, the charts highlight CCC participation across the country. Although the total citrus area on the records is pleasing (+17 400 ha), clearly more involvement form the northern growing regions is needed! – Justin Chadwick, CGA. See the charts on http://cga.co.za/page.aspx?ID=4571