Green Awards 2018: the winners revealed

Green Company of the Year

Altia’s biofuel power plant at the Koskenkorva factory uses barley husk as a fuel

Winner:
Altia Plc

Nordic drinks company Altia Plc took the top spot due to the bio and circular economy employed at its Koskenkorva distillery in Finland – meaning that none of the 200 million kilos of Finnish grain it uses each year goes to waste. Around a quarter of the barley is used for grain spirit production, with a third used for animal feed and another 36% going to starch production for the packaging industry. Even the husk is used to fuel the bioenergy power plant that steams the distillation process, with the resulting ash used as a fertilizer. After collecting the Carbon Dioxide generated for greenhouse cultivation, its CO2 emissions have already come down by 56%, while increased energy efficiency has seen energy use drop by 5.5%. It is also committed to preventing nutrients leaching into the river and the Baltic sea by capturing carbon in the soil through better farming practices and avoiding wash-off into waterways.

Runner-up:
Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Pernod Ricard Winemakers has gone beyond a commitment to improve water and energy efficiency, reduce waste and green house gas emissions, by embracing measures to boost biodiversity in areas local to its wine operations. This ranges from replanting unused land with native vegetation at Jacob’s Creek in Australia to providing nesting sites for endangered bird at the Kaituna Wetland in New Zealand. Other measures include going paperless at its distribution centres, moving to light-weight glass and implementing geothermal heating and cooling at its visitor centre in Spain.

Commendation:
Hallgarten & Novum Wines

The judges also recognsied Hallgarten & Novum Wines for its environmentally-friendly redesign of its Luton admin centre, which significantly reduced energy consumption and led to the development of an environmental management system that oversaw ISO14001 certification.

Shortlist:
Altia Plc
Angove Family Winemakers
Conte Tasca d’Almerita
Hallgarten & Novum Wines
Pernod Ricard Winemakers
The Sustainable Spirit Co

Green Retailer of the Year

Honest Grapes provides tips on how customers can personally reduce their impact on the environment

Winner:
Honest Grapes

We were impressed with Honest Grapes’ goal and responsibility to minimise its impact on the environment. The retailer takes this plight so seriously that it recently conducted a grape to glass study in order to address various issues affecting its supply chain.

The study led to three key goals going forward: only working with wineries that use sustainable production methods; reducing the movement of wine during the distribution process; and educating customers about the company’s green initiatives on the Honest Grapes blog via targeted posts that include tips on how customers can personally reduce their impact on the environment.

In switching from Airpack to Natpack, the retailer has reduced its plastic use by 90% in wine deliveries that require repackaging. To avoid using refrigerated transport, Honest grapes schedules deliveries around weather conditions.

Its in-bond wines are stored at Octavian, whose cellars are located 100 feet below the Wiltshire hills, meaning no additional energy is needed for temperature and humidity control.

Looking ahead, Honest Grapes is considering taking on more wines packaged in the bag-in-box and flat-pack formats in order to further reduce its environmental impact by lessening its use of glass bottles.

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