De Martino is recognised as Latin America's first Carbon Neutral Winery
- Mar 16, 2010
De Martino has been recognised as Latin America's first Carbon Neutral Winery, Virgin Wines has revealed.
Important changes in wine production and the implementation of various measures led to the achievement, which also sees them become only the 6th winery in the world to gain this certification from the Australian Carbon Reduction Institute.
At the beginning of the current year the winery will begin to purchase carbon credits, which compensate the remaining emissions once the reduction prodecures have been applied. The money from this transaction helps finance procedures for CO2 reduction in New Zealand.
Since 2008, De Martino have been working on implementing pro-active measures to reduce both energy consumption and water use. Between 2008 and 2009, energy consumption was reduced by 20%, irrigation water consumption was reduced by 18% and the use of chemicals was reduced by 80% following the conversion to organic.
For Marco Antonio De Martino, head of sustainability at the winery, this important achievement "Comes with being leaders, and De Martino has always been a leader - both in terms of the quality of its wines and in its investigation and discovery of terroirs; as well as in sustainability."
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