DGB (Pty) Ltd, South Africa’s largest independent wine & spirits producer and distributor, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Drinks Business Green Awards 2017. The event organisers announced their frontrunners for the 2017 competition this week, with DGB being nominated in the Amorim Sustainability Award category for wine. The UK-based annual Drinks Business Green Awards is the world’s largest programme to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade and recognise and reward those who are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance.
DGB, owner of some of South Africa's leading wine brands including Boschendal, Bellingham, Douglas Green, Tall Horse and Franschhoek Cellar, is an industry leader in sustainable practice and has launched numerous ground-breaking projects in this regard over recent years, meriting contention for this coveted award.
These innovations include carton board thickness and glass weight reduction, the use of natural materials like organic ink and tree-free paper on labels, a strict waste management programme and measured material recycling.
The company also has an expansive effluent water treatment plan which has resulted in the rehabilitation of old effluent dams and a significant reduction in waste water release from cellars to municipalities. Bio-degradable waste is utilised as compost in gardens which supply fresh restaurant produce. Then there is also a new project to reclaim rain water with a capacity of more than one million litres – a critical and timely intervention considering the Western Cape is currently grappling with its worst drought in a century.
DBG is also a champion of renewable energy. The 801 kW/p Solar Energy System at its Wellington cellar spans 4 roofs and is the single largest rooftop solar photovoltaic plant on any wine producing facility in South Africa, comprising 2 600 solar panels. This solar power helps to save approximately 1 265 tons of CO2 per annum from being emitted into the atmosphere and supplies roughly 1.25 million hours in kilowatt energy per year for this plant which produces 4 million bottles of wine annually. Another 650 kW/p solar PV installation has been approved to be installed on the winery roofs at Boschendal cellar. The first phase installation of 390 kW/p will commence at the end of this month. When completed, this system will produce more than a million kW/h's of energy per year.
The rural Carbon Offset Bamboo Community Project is a further vivid illustration of DGB's ongoing commitment to environmentally sustainable practice, enabling rapid carbon neutralisation whilst creating jobs and empowering underprivileged communities. This project was initiated in 2011 with 10 hectares of bamboo planted in the Cintsa district near East London. Honoured with a Drinks Business Green Award (Ethical category) in 2012, it continues to go from strength to strength.
The winners of this year's Drinks Business Green Awards will be announced during the awards ceremony on Monday, 20 November 2017 between 3 and 5pm at The Club at The Ivy in London.