Robertson Winery is situated in the town of Robertson, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Robertson Winery proudly calculates their carbon footprint as a bottling company that fills bottle ready wine, grape juice and de-alcoholised wine in glass, bag in box and combi packaging. Once harvested, matured, and bottled, Robertson wines are shipped around the world for millions of people to enjoy – a process which needs to be managed respectfully to minimise its impact on the environment.
We use the Confronting Climate Change Carbon Calculator to measure our annual carbon emissions. The Carbon Calculator tool not only records and measures results, but it also helps us set targets to constantly reduce our carbon footprint and improve sustainability. The Carbon Calculator has especially helped us understand the changes we need to make to our packaging to reduce its footprint – Robertson Winery
Robertson Winery’s key focus area is on increasing the sustainability of their packaging, which is currently the largest source of the farm’s emissions. The farm has introduced lightweight bottles across their range and improved the construction of the bladders within their BIB wines, which has made a significant impact.
Robertson Winery’s second largest emission source is electricity. Robertson sees it as their role to minimise their electricity usage through simple interventions like switching off lights and equipment when not needed and replacing existing lights with energy-efficient alternatives. The farm makes use of energy-saving inverter systems to power pumps, to reduce reliance on diesel-burning generators during power outages and the farm is in the process of investigating the installation of their own solar-powered renewable energy system.
Because sustainability should impact every area of the business, Robertson Winery also works hard to conserve and re-use water where possible, only use environmentally friendly chemicals, and work extensively with recycled packaging, while recycling their own inorganic waste products.
Robertson Winery has inverter systems on their pumps to reduce reliance on diesel burning generators.
Robertson Winery works hard to conserve water and re-use sanitation water.
Robertson Winery’s inorganic waste is collected by a registered recycling company and inorganic products are re-used as far as possible to reduce waste.
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