The Drinks Business Green Awards 2019 winners

Renewable Energy Implementation Award – Lanchester Wines and Greencroft Bottling

Our judges were impressed by this “really strong, revolutionary, innovative and thoughtful” entry that offered different solutions for different situations. Keen to minimise its use of fossil fuels, the company has pumped over £8 million into renewable energy and heat generation – its Greencroft site is powered by a trio of wind turbines that produce over 5.5m kilowatt hours of clean energy a year.

To date, the company’s sustainable practices at Greencroft have generated enough clean energy to power 60,200 homes. In addition to wind turbines, Lanchester works with heat pump technology using water from disused mines at its warehouses in Gateshead – the largest system of its kind in Europe – that has the capability of drawing over 110 litres of water per second.

Our judges praised how seriously committed this privately owned family business is to renewable energy, believing a lot of businesses could learn by the example it sets. Looking ahead, Greencroft is due to open “the world’s most sustainable bottling facility” next year, run entirely on renewable wind and solar power.

Commendation for wines – Scheid Family Wines

Scheid Family Wines in Monterey County, California, received a commendation for installing a 264 foot tall wind turbine in the middle of its vineyard in 2017 – an endeavour that took five years of planning and required its owners to uproot two acres of vines to make room for it. Making use of winds from the Salinas Valley, the turbine produces 1.85 megawatts of electricity per year, (a carbon offset of around 3,645 tons) enough not only for the winery’s energy needs, but also to power 125 local homes.

Commendation for spirits – Pernod Ricard Finland

Also receiving a commendation was Pernod Ricard Finland, which has been running with 100% renewable energy from Finnish wind power since the beginning of the year, leading to a 2,000-tonne reduction of its carbon emissions.

One Response to “The Drinks Business Green Awards 2019 winners”

  1. Soledad says:

    HII! Iwould like to know , how to apply for the green awards since we are the top organic producer in Argentina.
    We are Santa Julia Winery.

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