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While the world of Italian wine is still waiting for the decree on the single sustainability certification standard, which has long been given as being on the home straight, as confirmed to WineNews by the Undersecretary for Agricultural Policies Gianmarco Centinaio, but who is unable to take the decisive step, companies continue to invest in the increasingly important “green” aspect of production. Even among the cooperatives, responsible for over half of the production of Italian wine. With 61% of them producing organic wines. It emerges from a survey carried out by Alleanza Cooperative Agroalimentari, on a representative sample of its members in different Italian regions and with uneven turnover classes, which together represent over 70% of the total turnover of the cooperation.
Another significant fact emerged from the survey, namely that 51% of the sample interviewed has already achieved a voluntary certification standard. And that there is nevertheless an important margin for improvement, since among the cooperatives that have not yet joined a certification scheme, 80% declare their intention to join in the future. Compared to wineries that already have a certification, the vast majority (53%) opted for the Sqnpi – Sustainable Quality scheme, followed further away by Equalitas (19%) and Viva (15%).
“The internal analysis we carried out gave us very positive results – comments the coordinator of the wine sector of the Alliance of Cooperatives, Luca Rigotti – which first of all confirm the growing appeal of organic production among our associates. Compared to voluntary certification, the data demonstrate the need to put order between the various existing schemes and to promote a single sustainability standard, taking care that companies already certified with one of the existing systems do not have to incur further direct and indirect costs for achieve the new certification “.
Cooperatives were also asked what are the perceived benefits of achieving voluntary certification standards: in addition to the tendential increase in volumes sold and in value, for 55% of the cooperatives surveyed, the benefits deriving from voluntary certification regarding sustainability are not always quantifiable but qualitative indicators must also be considered. In fact, it appears that adherence to voluntary standards represents a “plus value” especially among foreign buyers as well as being an indication of strong cohesion and awareness among the adhering subjects on the issue of environmental protection. Finally, 22% of the sample has already presented at least one edition of the sustainability report.

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