Car­bon Zero Hero

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Yealands Es­tate

You’d be for­given for think­ing the blood flow­ing through the veins of Yealands Es­tate owner Peter Yealands is more a healthy shade of green than red. “Just tell me what we’re not do­ing,” he says when asked to list their green ini­tia­tives – a list that is in­deed ex­haus­tive. There’s wet­lands restora­tion, the use of baby­doll breed sheep to man­i­cure the vine­yards and na­tive fal­cons to scare off hun­gry birds dur­ing the ripen­ing sea­son. There’s en­ergy-gen­er­a­tion and preser­va­tion through so­lar pan­els, wind tur­bines and the use of vine-prun­ing bales for heat and they use light­weight en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly plas­tic bot­tles that are 89 per cent lighter, gen­er­ate 54 per cent less green­house gas emis­sions and use 19 per­cent less en­ergy to pro­duce than tra­di­tional 750ml glass bot­tles. The Awa­tere Val­ley-based wine com­pany re­ceived car­boN Zero CertTM cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in April 2009 and in do­ing so be­came the largest win­ery in New Zealand to achieve this sta­tus. This means that the com­pany has mea­sured and off­set all its green­house gas emis­sions since in­cep­tion. The win­ery and vine­yard is also ac­cred­ited un­der Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing New Zealand and its ad­vanced ‘green tech­nolo­gies’ lead to it be­com­ing the only win­ery to be short­listed in the In­ter­na­tional Green Awards (by the time El­e­ment is pub­lished, the re­sults will be known). En­trants are eval­u­ated on sus­tain­abil­ity, vi­sion, in­no­va­tion and ad­vo­cacy against eight sus­tain­abil­ity in­di­ca­tors rang­ing from en­ergy and car­bon, through to sup­ply chain and re­sources for the whole com­pany. The In­ter­na­tional Green Awards pro­gramme rep­re­sents the most sus­tain­able or­gan­i­sa­tions across the world and fo­cuses on sin­gling out com­pa­nies that have em­bed­ded sus­tain­abil­ity across their or­gan­i­sa­tional pro­cesses.

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