db Green Awards 2015: The winners

The CarbonZero Consulting Renewable Energy Implementation Award

Torres logoWinner: Bodegas Torres

This year one business, despite the stiff competition, stood out for its innovative and ecologically-minded approach to energy production, focused on the use of biomass from its vineyards, as well as sun and wind at its wineries in Spain, California and Chile. Across all its production sites, Torres is totally committed to reducing energy use, but also ensuring its needs are generated sustainably, as part of a company programme called Torres & Earth, which has seen the wine producer invest over €10 million in renewable technologies and research since 2007. Highlights include the installation of solar photovoltaic panels at its Marimar Estate in California in November last year, which now generate 100% of the winery’s power needs, and the largest biomass boiler in the Spanish wine industry at the Torres Pacs de Penedes winery, allowing the producer to reduce its gas consumption by 85% through burning vine clippings from the nearby Torres vineyards.

Runner-up: Jackson Family Wines

The judges chose to award a runner-up award to Jackson Family Wines, such was this one company’s impressive uptake of solar energy to provide 50% of its energy needs in California, including a hi-tech approach to storing electricity for use at peak times.

Special commendation: Principi di Porcia

Finally, we decided to award a special commendation to Italian wine business Principi di Porcia for its innovative and comprehensive approach to energy production – it uses solar, bio-gas and hydro-electricity to generate all its power needs.

Shortlist

Bodegas Torres

Wye Valley Brewery

Viña Maquis

Principi di Porcia e Brugnera

Bodegas Torres

Jackson Family Wines

CarbonZero logoThis award was presented in association with CarbonZero Consulting.

John Findlay MSc CEng, managing director of Carbon Zero Consulting, who formed part of the independent panel of sustainability and drinks industry experts responsible for judging, was delighted by this year’s quality of entries. John was particularly impressed by the overall dedication Bodegas Torres showed to reducing their carbon emissions and adopting a number of different methods to achieve this.

Findlay commented, “We’re thrilled to have been involved with this year’s Drinks Business Green Awards and delighted to have our own category. The level of entries was high and overall it was pleasing to note that implementation of alternative sources of heat, cooling and power are being adopted by some companies in the drinks sector. However, we felt that Bodegas Torres is a particularly worthy winner due to the fact that they had not only witnessed a change in climate, but acted upon it in a very rounded way to install renewable heating and power systems across the business internationally. One point which deserves special mention, is their innovative approach of using vine clippings and waste to run a biomass boiler resulting in a 85% reduction in their gas consumption at Pacs de Penedes.

He continued, “With the evidence for climate change and its potentially devastating consequences continuing to build, there is a growing need to bring renewable technologies, such as Ground Source Heating and Cooling to the table and to recognise companies in the drinks industry that are already addressing these issues. We are delighted to have supported this cause and call for more companies to consider alternative forms of renewable energies to sustain their businesses in the long term.”

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