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Wine and spirit businesses based in the UK are committed to combating climate change using innovative and ground-breaking techniques to reduce their carbon footprint.
From importing wine in bulk and lightweight bottling, sourcing ingredients locally, solar panels to growing cork forests and using mash waste from spirits in animal feed – a series of inspiring green initiatives have been published in a new industry Environmental best practice booklet.
In partnership with its members the Wine and Spirit Trade Association has taken a snapshot of how the trade is working for a more sustainable industry by reducing emissions, optimising electricity and water usage and minimising waste. The booklet captures best practices from across the world, saving an equivalent one million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions!
Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:
“We are pleased to release the WSTA’s first sustainable best practice workbook which pulls together an array of practice and knowledge from across our membership. I hope it will act as a resource for understanding, allow business to identify areas of improvement, act as a tool for stakeholders with an interest in the wine and spirit industry, and further the effectiveness of our industry’s efforts to bring about transformational change.”
The document reveals that concerted efforts from both wine and spirit businesses, big and small, are world leading and achieving many of the 17 UN Sustainability Goals.
Methods used to meet ambitious targets include:
All of these examples and more, and information about the companies driving these initiatives can be found in the WSTA Wine and Spirit Environmental Best Practice booklet.