Accolade Wines has announced it is on track to make its full European portfolio carbon-neutral – from vineyard to end-use – by the end of 2020.
To offset emissions, the company has partnered with ClimateCare on a variety of carbon offset projects. It is also introducing lighter bottles, more recyclable packaging and investing in renewable energy, such as a 2.5MW wind turbine at the company’s European manufacturing site.
Accolade Wines Global Travel Retail General Manager Martin MacKinnon said: “Myself and the rest of the global travel retail team are very proud of the steps our company has taken to be at the forefront of environmentally-friendly practices in the wine industry.
“Research has shown that travel retail is a market where consumers appreciate brands that take their environmental responsibilities seriously, so we are excited about discussing this industry-leading focus on sustainability with existing customers and potential buyers of Accolade Wines products around the world.”
The company is working with The Carbon Trust, an independent organisation aiming to accelerate the move to a low-carbon economy, on the certification. The Accolade Wines UK-packaged portfolio, including Hardy’s, Mud House, Jam Shed, Banrock Station, Echo Falls and Kumala, has already been given 100%-carbon-neutral status by the organisation.
Accolade Wines Managing Director for Europe Caroline Thompson-Hill added: “We’re very proud to announce that our Accolade Wines UK-packaged core branded portfolio is carbon-neutral. Companies have to act on their carbon footprint for the sake of the planet and we want Accolade Wines Europe to set a positive example that we hope the rest of the industry follows.”