Since 2008 all Viu Manent’s wine distribution has been certified as Carbon Neutral Delivery. This seal is granted by The Carbon Neutral Company (UK).
The Carbon Footprint calculation refers to the inventory of greenhouse effect gasses (GEG) related to the transportation of wine to different destination markets.
To achieve CarbonNeutral® delivery status for the fourth consecutive year, Viu Manent worked with Deuman; an approved reseller; to measure and reduce its carbon footprint to next zero. All the emissions relating to the deliveries were quantified and then reduced through combing internal changes with carbon offsetting.
The carbon footprint is a compilation of GEG emissions determined from data collected from records stored in our offices in Cunaco (Colchagua) and Santiago. Through offsetting, every tonnes of CO2 emitted by Viu Manent is matched by an equivalent amount saved by a project somewhere else in the world.
– For the Period 2011, Viu manent is sponsoring the The Tieling Coal Mine Methane Capture.
– For 2010 Perior, Viu Manent has selected two renewable energy projects:
Rio Ceramics Biomass Project1 and the Tieling Coal Mine Methane Capture2.
1. The Rio Ceramic Biomass Project replaces heavy oils with renewable biomass, which are less harmful than fossil fuels, helping to fuel manufacturing facilities in Brazil. By introducing biomass as a form of alternative energy, Brazil can ensure a sustainable future for their rapidly growing country.
2. The Tieling Coal Mine Methane Capture is a program that captures coalmine methane and recycles it as energy for industrial and home use in China. This procedure has helped to enhance the Chinese economy, by providing enough fuel to power more factories and by default creating more jobs.
For 2012 period Viu Manent has selected 1 renewable energy projects:
Theni-India Wind Power
Standard: VCS – CDM
Located in the essed of TADIL Nadu, the project consists of two wind farms.
Carbon Footprint Calculation
At the end of 2010, VM joined the Vinnova project for small and medium size wineries. It helps them calculate their carbon footprint which we did for our entire company: our Santiago business offices as well as our winery and vineyards in the Colchagua Valley of Chile.
What does this mean?
A carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions emitted by a company. It is measured in tons of equivalent CO2.
In order to ensure consistency, transparency, credibility, regulation, and verification of the calculation, Viu Manent worked with the company Deuman in Chile and the Certifier New Zealander company CarbonZero; and applied to its certification program CEMARS™, based on the ISO 14064:2006
What is CEMARS™?
CEMARS™ stands for Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme and is a certificate of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions management and reduction. It is granted by CarbonZero, a New Zealand based company and pioneer in global environmental issues. Viu Manent calculated all of its GHG emissions for the company (as an organization).
Viu Manent is working on 3 areas of expertise in its management plan and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG).
The 3 measures acting on 48.3% of the main sources of greenhouse gas (GHG).
1- Glass (Bottles)
Data – 730,92 tons of CO2 emitted (33.9% of total emissions)
Reduce GHG due to the use of glass bottles. We expect a 13% decrease in the intensity of GHG related to the use of glass bottles in 2011–2015.
The use of glass bottles is the primary source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in our operations processes, and therefore their reduction will have a significant impact on our objectives. To achieve this goal it is essential to use lighter weight bottles and therefore less glass.
2- Diesel Fuel (agricultural processes)
Data – 168,7 tons of CO2 emitted (7.8% of total emissions)
Reduce GHG due to the use of diesel fuel in the agricultural processes. We expect an 18.5% decrease in the intensity of GHG due to the use of diesel fuel in 2011–2015.
The use of diesel fuel in tractors, vehicles, and other agricultural machinery represents a significant portion of the company’s total GHG. The likely increase in the mechanization of agricultural operations should be made compatible with an increase in the productivity of the use of machinery.
Data: 142,11 tons of CO2 emitted (6.6% of total emissions)
Reduce GHG through more efficient use of electricity. We expect a 10% decrease in the intensity of GHG due to the use of electricity in the wine cellar in 2011–2015.
The use of electricity in the wine cellar for cooling, powering motors, and lighting represents a significant part of our company’s total GE.
The anticipated increase in production will generate a greater demand for electricity, which we must compensate with greater productivity in our processes.