23rd April, 2013 by db_staff
Environmental Award of the Year, sponsored by Amorim:
The Amorim Environmental Award was instigated to reward a company or campaign which demonstrates that consideration for the environment is integral to the company ethos. And if there’s one business for which this the case, whatever aspect of the operation is scrutinized, it’s certainly Torres.
The family-owned company has over 600 hectares of organically-certified vineyard – its other 1,600 ha is in conversion “bit by bit” – and “completely avoids” the use of chemical treatments. Back in 2007 Torres invested €10 million in Torres & Earth to further sustainability within the business and for the future has pledged to reduce C02 emissions by 30% per bottle by 2020.
In terms of production it has reduced gas consumption by 85% with the installation of Spain’s biggest biomas boiler while company president Miguel Torres has been active in promoting sustainable practices in the wine industry worldwide.
Indeed, Torres was the main sponsor of the EcoSostenibleWine conference in 2012, which called for a new category of Ecological-Sustainable wines. Expressing his belief in sustainable approaches, Torres says, “We live from the earth and we are a family-owned company so this combination leads us to care for our land and resources – not just for this generation but also for future generations.”
Runner-up: Jackson Family Wines
A close contender for winning this award was Jackson Family Wines which has employed sustainable practices on a huge scale within its own operations while furthering the development of waste-saving technology for California as a whole throught is support of UC Davis environmental research.
Commendation: Jascots Wine Merchants
Rightly commended by the judges, Jascots Wine Merchants has since 2010 employed sustainable practices, working with the Carbon Trust to reduce its CO2 emissions and increase recycling both within its own business but also among its customers with a complimentary collection of client’s waste bottles and boxes.
Commendation: The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project
A further commendation was requested by the judges for the Barefoot Beach Rescue Project for its fun and effective approach to rubbish clearance, which saw 3.8 tonnes of litter removed across 14 of Britain’s beaches. It has also supported Surfers Against Sewage for the last five years.
Jascots Wine Merchants
Neethlingshof Wine Estate
Jackson Family Wines
Miguel Torres Spain
The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project