CO23 Climate Mitigation Conference

ASVO is pleased to present our in-person Climate Mitigation Conference CO23.  The first industry-wide conference on climate mitigation for the Australian grape and wine sector

Register to attend CO23 and be informed on the key challenges and opportunities of  reducing greenhouse emissions in the wine industry and build a deeper understanding of what is important to the sector.

The conference theme is covered in 6 sessions over two days bringing together experts to explain the science and early adopters to offer real-world strategies to drive value and sustainability for future success.

CO23 opens with the global and national session and an introduction to the Emissions Reduction Roadmap, followed by a  focus on practical ways and innovative solutions to transform how business operates and reduce greenhouse emissions. They are complemented by sessions on demystifying certification; tackling emissions throughout the value chain; carbon capture, use, and storage technologies.; and a hands on session about calculating scope 1 and 2 emissions from vineyards and wineries.

Why you should attend?

Climate change is transforming the way wine is grown and made. CO23 is the most important conference that wine industry stakeholders will attend in 2023, due to the importance of the topic, its relevance to our future, and the practical solutions it will offer. Previous conferences have included topics on climate change awareness or adaptation to climate change. CO23 is specifically about what we can do to reduce emissions in the wine industry in order to mitigate climate change.

The conference runs from Thursday 15 June to Friday 16 June with multiple local venues in each state. 

All around the world, taking action to reduce the emissions that cause climate change is coming more sharply into focus with every passing year. When ASVO first started thinking about this conference, we immediately turned to the expertise of Dr Richard Smart who has been committed for many years to raising awareness within our sector and in urging improvements in practices of mitigation. We thank Dr Smart for coming up with the clever title CO23 for our conference and his valuable input into the conversations that we’ll have over the next couple of days. In addition to Dr Smart, we also thank the CO23 committee for connecting the speakers and topics who will present during CO23. Andy Clarke, ASVO President

This conference is supported by Wine Australia, with levies from Australia’s grapegrowers and winemakers and matching funds from the Australian Government.

Register Program


*Registrations for venues has closed.

Online registrations are open until noon Wednesday 14 June

Adelaide Star Room, Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Barossa Novotel Barossa
CanberraCanberra RNCAS
CoonawarraChardonnay Lodge
GeelongProvenance WInes
GriffithDPI Station 
HeathcoteTellurian Winery
Hunter ValleyBrokenwood Wines
Margaret RiverMargarets in Town
Mclaren ValeMcLaren Vale Function Centre
MilduraMildura Golf Club
Mornington PeninsulaSanctuary Inn on Westport
OrangeThe Hive
RiverlandOnline only
StanthorpeOnline only
WangarattaPerforming Art Centre Memorial Hall B

Tasmania - please select online
Yarra - please select online


DAY 1 Thursday 15 June

Eastern States 11:00 am
South Australia 10:30 am
Western Australia 9:00 am

Session 1  Why should we care?

Chair, Andy Clarke, ASVO President
Welcome to Country
Rodney O'Brien, Department of Human Services SA
Opening remarks
Martin Cole, Wine Australia
Why should we care?
Professor Richard Eckard, University of Melbourne 
The benefits and drivers for emissions reduction
Rachel Triggs, Wine Australia
Introducing the Emissions Reduction Roadmap
Julian Marchant, Edge Environment
The call for change
Lee McLean, Australian Grape & Wine
Questions and discussion

Session 2 Opportunities in the vineyard and winery

Chair, Sharon Harvey, Wine Australia
Unpacking scope 1 & 2 of the Emissions Reduction Roadmap
Julian Marchant, Edge Environment
Vehicles, machinery and equipment  
Simon Nordestgaard, AWRI
Case study - Alternative fuels
Bio diesel - Steven Hobbs
Energy efficiency
Nick Palousis 2XE
Case study - Energy efficiency
Rachel Brdanovic, Tandem Energy 
Case study - Refrigeration
Lin Lin Low, Treasury Wine Estates
Case study - Winery Design – intelligent building
Cameron MacKenzie, Four Pillars Gin
Questions and discussion

Session 3 Demystifying certification  

Chair, Mardi Longbottom, AWRI
Demystifying certification  
Jane Siebum, Freshcare 
Demonstrating your credentials 
Kyra Reznikov, Finlaysons
Taking Climate Action - A Net-Zero Case Study 
Hayley Purbrick, Tahbilk
Understanding Organisation & Product Certification
David Klaassen, Taylor’s Wines 
Questions and discussion
Eastern States 5:00 pm
South Australia 4:30 am
Western Australia 3:00 pm



DAY 2 Friday 16 June

Eastern States 11:00 am
South Australia 10:30 am
Western Australia 9:00 am

Session 4 Tackling emissions throughout the value chain

Chair, Armando Maria Corsi, University of Adelaide
What is your packaging really costing your business and the planet? 
Tim Hackett, Henschke Wines
Misconceptions around packaging
Sarah McElholum, Endeavour, WISPA
Decarbonising transport and freight  
Johann Franzsen, HillebrandGori
Packaging trends and  innovations
Shae Courtney, Industry Consultant
Better bottles, not alternative packaging
Santiago Navarro, Packamama
Is it time to wean ourselves off the bottle?
•    Chair Armando Maria Corsi, University of Adelaide
•    Shae Courtney, Consultant
•    Johann Franzsen, Hillebrand GORI
•    Tim Hackett, Henschke Wines
•    Sarah McElholum, Endeavour
•    Santiago Navarro, Packamama

Session 5 How to calculate your business’s carbon footprint

Chair, Brooke Howell, Yalumba & ASVO Vice President 
Calculating scope 1 and 2 emissions from vineyards and wineries
Mardi Longbottom, AWRI
Measuring emissions base line
Interactive: Attendees will work through an example business calculating emissions 

Session 6 Carbon capture, use, and storage technologies.

Chair, Nadja Wallington, Chalou Wines
Carbon capture and sequestration opportunities - vineyard 
Professor Tim Cavagnaro, University of Adelaide
Case study - Measuring Soil Carbon in Vineyards
Oli Madgett, FarmLab
International case study -  Torres & Earth
Josep Maria Ribas Portella, Torres
Questions and discussion

Vision of the future. Thoughts and views of younger generations 

  • Chair, Maggie Jarrett, NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Lachie Thomas, Tahbilk
  • Hamish Ramsay, ReThink Sustainability
  • Emma Shaw, Shaw & Smith
Eastern States 4:30 pm
South Australia 4:00 pm
Western Australia 2:30 pm