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From Environmental to Sustainability Programs: A Review of Sustainability Initiatives in the Italian Wine Sector

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  • Chiara Corbo

    () (Istituto di Chimica Agraria ed Ambientale, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, 29122 Piacenza, Italy)

  • Lucrezia Lamastra

    () (Istituto di Chimica Agraria ed Ambientale, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, 29122 Piacenza, Italy)

  • Ettore Capri

    () (Istituto di Chimica Agraria ed Ambientale, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, 29122 Piacenza, Italy)

Abstract

The Italian wine industry is strongly committed to sustainability: the stakeholders’ interest for the topic is constantly growing and a wide number of sustainability programs have been launched in recent years, by both private businesses and consortiums. The launch of these initiatives has signaled the commitment of farmers and wine producers to the implementation of sustainability principles in viticulture and wine production, which is a positive signal. Unfortunately, however, the varied design of the sustainability initiatives and the differences in the objectives, methodologies, and proposed tools risks to create confusion, and undermine the positive aspects of these initiatives. In order to bring some clarity to this topic, we herein present a comparison of the most important sustainability programs in the Italian wine sector, with the overall objective of highlighting the opportunity to create synergies between the initiatives and define a common sustainability strategy for the Italian wine sector.

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  • Chiara Corbo & Lucrezia Lamastra & Ettore Capri, 2014. "From Environmental to Sustainability Programs: A Review of Sustainability Initiatives in the Italian Wine Sector," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(4), pages 1-27, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:6:y:2014:i:4:p:2133-2159:d:35115
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    Keywords

    wine; sustainability; Italy; sustainability programs;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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