Santa Carolina reduces its Carbon Footprint

20 July 2016

Santa Carolina has committed to reducing its Carbon Footprint through the development of a joint project between Chile and China to promote renewable energy and clean technology.

Since 2012, Santa Carolina has been working on calculating and neutralising the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the land and sea transport of its Reserva, Specialties, Reserva de Familia and icon wines in accordance with the Carbon Neutral Protocol - the global standard for carbon neutral programs.

This has resulted in two projects:

The Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Región de Los Ríos, Chile

The Valdivian Coastal Reserve is part of a temperate rainforest and one of the most carbon-dense forests on Earth.The project aims to achieve security for the threatened biodiversity, conduct scientific research of the unique, native Valdivian rainforest and contribute to the sustainable development of surrounding communities, ensuring long-term stability of the ecosystem.

Shijing Wind Power, China

Located in the Putian City of Fujian Province, the wind power project delivers zero-emissions renewable electricity to China’s East China Power Grid. The wind farm consists of 20 turbines with a total capacity of 40MW, generating approximately 105,000 MWh of clean renewable electricity annually. It has also contributed to the local economy and livelihood of residents through the creation of jobs for both full time operational roles as well as temporary positions required for planning and construction.

The company obtains one verified carbon credit for each ton of greenhouse gas emitted, which ensures that the equivalent amount of greenhouse gas is reduced from the atmosphere through a clean technology or renewable energy project.

This is just one of the many reasons contributing to the Santa Carolina's recognistion as the Wine Enthusiast's Winery of the Year Award in 2015.

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