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How Cork can Contribute to CO2 Sequestration: An Interview with Carlos de Jesus of Amorim

Last summer, during our whirlwind tour of Portugal, we had the rather unique experience of touring a cork factory. With the all the debate raging about cork versus screwcap, we jumped on the opportunity to meet the Marketing and Communications Director of Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world to find out why TCA is an issue, what Amorim’s position was on the situation, and what steps they were taking to prevent it. What we never considered during our visit with Carlos de Jesus, was the cork oak’s positive effect in sustainable development, other than the company’s efforts to obtain 45% of their energy from renewable sources.

Now, almost a year later, we find out that Amorim sent Carlos de Jesus as a speaker at the conference on the role of cork in CO2-retention, preserving biodiversity and combating desertification. Who knew?! Alright, in all fairness, we did have a pretty good idea that the vast forests of cork oaks throughout Spain and Portugal were positively effecting the planet, but we didn’t know to what degree. Both in his speech and in his interview, Carlos brings to light some additional statistics on how cork can aid in the fight against climate change, providing us even more questions to ponder once the conference was over.

Although we haven’t chatted a significant amount on Catavino about cork’s role in sustainable development, we understand that you may have several questions about this issue. Therefore, please feel free to leave any questions you have below, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

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