Douglas Green is a partner in the international Fairtrade programme (FLO), a worldwide initiative encouraging Third World producers of wine and other agricultural products to commit to improving the lives of people involved at all levels of the production process.
DGB has always been mindful of the impact of our wine and spirit production, distribution and exports, with a track record of sound environmental practices and accreditations. A comprehensive Carbon Footprint audit helped formalise DGB’s greening project. This has provided the foundation for several reduction initiatives to minimize our footprint across our operations.
We consider sustainable ecologically friendly practices of critical importance and prioritise this as part of our core business ethos. With this aim in mind, we commissioned Global Carbon Exchange (GCX) to conduct a carbon footprint analysis of its operations.
Their findings for 2008/9 revealed a relatively low carbon emission score within scope 1 & 2 areas that are directly within the control of DGB operations. The most significant emissions are caused by electricity use. Scope 3 emissions caused outside of the direct control of the company (ie: supplier emissions) accounted for the majority of the carbon footprint. DGB has instituted an extensive reduction program by way of:
• Educating staff and raising a carbon reduction culture within all areas of the company
• Packaging and glass reduction initiatives and introduction/replacement with alternative packaging including -light weight glass, PET and pouches
• Working towards a paperless working environment
• Recycling programs
• Supply chain assessment and quality control
A further pilot planting program was done with a third school in Mossel bay in Augut 2010. The possibilities and eventual commercial opportunities of the plantings garnered much interest and many smiles from the teachers and children. “There is no doubt that the outlook for the environment and these communities is brighter,” says Stephan. “The real value will be fully appreciated in 3 to 4 years time when the plants can be harvested. These 120 plants will provide excellent trial material to experiment with tangible commercial uses. We are optimistic that this small pilot project will reap big rewards and lead to a viable and successful bamboo plantation eventually.”