News at 9 | Sustainability : Venice to impose an entry fee, Diageo to develop sustainable packaging and more

News at 9 | Sustainability : Venice to impose an entry fee, New Zealand vineyards certified sustainable and more

Venice is set to trial an entry fee this summer in a bid to ease overcrowding in the historic center, and Diageo has partnered with ecoSPIRITS to develop sustainable packaging among the highlights for top stories of the day.

Venice To Impose An Entrance Fee For Tourists In A Bid to reduce number of visitors

According to local media reports, from January 1, 2023, travellers planning to visit Venice for the day will be required to make a reservation in advance and pay a fee, reports. Tickets will range from $3.25–to $10.85, while the price will depend on the time of the year. Tourists who do not hold a valid ticket with them will be turned away at the City’s entrance by the city officials. Despite the fact that tickets will not be required until next year, they will be available for tourists online starting from June 2022. Read more here. This move comes after Venice officially banned cruise ships from the city last year.

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New Zealand Winegrowers Report 96% of Vineyards Are Now Certified Sustainable

New Zealand is already known for making incredible wine, Sauvignon Blanc in particular. But the country’s wine industry would also like to be known for something else: sustainability. Over 96 percent of all vineyard area in New Zealand is now certified as sustainable through the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand certification (SWNZ) programme, with 10 percent of New Zealand wineries holding organic certification. New Zealand Winegrowers also aims to be both carbon neutral and zero waste to landfill by 2050. Steps are also being made to reduce water usage and waste.

Shell Supplies Fuel For Asia’s First Major Sustainable Aviation Fuel Campaign

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific said it has launched Asia’s first major corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme with PetroChina and Shell supplying the fuel. Cathay Pacific is kick-starting the programme with eight corporates as launch customers, including AIA, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), DHL Global Forwarding, HSBC, Kintetsu World Express (KWE), PwC China, Standard Chartered, and Swire Pacific. “As leaders in corporate climate action, the launch customers are committed to reducing the climate impact from their business travel and/or airfreight activities by helping to facilitate the wider adoption of renewable energy by the air transport industry through the use of SAF,” Cathay said.

Diageo Partners With ecoSPIRITS To Develop Sustainable Packaging

Diageo has announced a partnership with ecoSPIRITS, a technology company that offers circular packaging solutions for the wine and spirits industry, to pilot a sustainable packaging format. The collaboration will begin with Smirnoff and Captain Morgan in Southeast Asia and will be extended to the Asia Pacific region in the future. The Guinness maker aims to reduce its carbon footprint and waste from single-use glass spirits bottles by leveraging the ecoSPIRITS closed-loop system. The partnership is part of the company’s commitment to transform packaging sustainability as outlined in its Society 2030: Spirit of Progress action plan.

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