The sustainability of our industry is very important at Liberty Wines. Over the past 30 years, Managing Director David Gleave MW has spent a lot of time in vineyards around the world seeing and hearing at first hand the impact the changing climate is having on grape production as well as supporting the ongoing move to less intervention in the vineyards by producers.
While the quality of our wines and customer service remains paramount, we have a responsibility to do what we can to minimise the impact our business has on the environment. We believe we have a duty to help curb the effects of climate change, protect our producers’ vineyards and ensure the sustainability of the global wine industry. Carbon emission reduction makes both good business sense and is acknowledged to have a positive impact on the environment.
In April 2014, we were therefore proud to become the first leading UK distributor to be certified carbon neutral and have continued our programme to reduce our carbon footprint ever since. In 2015 we were also able to extend our certification to include our operations in Ireland.
Our key achievements to date include the following:
- The transportation and handling of every bottle of wine that we import and distribute is CARBON NEUTRAL. Detailed data collection and reporting systems ensure total accuracy in calculating our carbon emissions for our annual carbon neutral accreditation assessment and enable us to identify action points. Our carbon emissions are tracked in conjunction with Carbon Footprint Ltd and those outside our control are offset by our investment in two Verified Carbon Standard certified projects - a small hydropower project in Chile and a wind-based power generation project in India.
- We have been a Sustainable Restaurant Association independently assessed Approved Supplier since 2015, and we are the only wine supplier in their directory. Assessment took place in 14 key focus areas to verify best practice in three main categories – sourcing more sustainably, managing resources more efficiently and working more closely with our community. In addition, every year we support their programme of events, from the Food Made Good Awards to focus dinners.
- We have achieved the Gold Standard for our First Mile office recycling scheme, thanks to 99% of our waste being recycled with nothing going to landfill. This equates to 626 trees and 78 tonnes of CO2 saved over the last 12 months. Paper usage has been reduced and our office paper is now 100% recycled paper. Employees have participated in Cycle to Work Day and World Environment Day activities and we have installed three beehives on our roof contributing to the local ecosystem.
If you would like to know more about our sustainability goals, or a copy of our environmental policy, please email [email protected].