MANAGEMENT OF VINEYARD PRUNING WASTE: AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRODUCE ENERGY

On 11th March the Consorzio di Tutela Vini Valpolicella will host a ‘in the field’ demonstration as part of their “Riduci, Risparmia, Rispetta” (reduce, save, respect) project.

The potential for agriculture as a course of renewable energy is a current topic and one that was discussed in the exhibition “Fuoco” held in Verona this weekend. It is estimated that Italy produces around 1.3 tonnes of pruning wastage each year that is almost completely unused. It is clear that reusage of this biomass would have considerable advantages seeing as it would resolve the problem of how to dispose of this material. They could be used to produce electricity or heat by substituting non-renewable sources as well as saving in terms of the self-consumption of energy produced.

Correct management of the leftovers produced from pruning means that wineries would have to adopt new technologies and working methods: a theme that is included in the consortium’s “Riduci, Risparmia, Rispetta” project aimed at educating vine growers on the best methods of sustainable viticulture.
The Consorzio Valpolicella has therefore organized a training day on March 11th for its members and cellar workers with hands-on demonstrations from the main industry machine producers. The activity will be held at Tenuta Prunea, part of the Tommasi winery at Sant’Ambroggio di Valpolicella (Verona).

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