Yealands Wine Group is committed to being a leader in sustainable wine production, guided by our Environmental and Sustainability Policy.
Sustainability is at the forefront of our thinking across every aspect of our business, guided by our five pillars of sustainability; environmental enhancement, community engagement, energy efficiency, waste minimisation; procurement. By using technology, creativity, innovation and participation in certified programmes our ambition is to lead the world in sustainable wine production.Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Accreditations
Yealands was the first winery in the world to be certified Toitū carbonzero from inception and we are currently the only winery in New Zealand to hold this certification, which exceeds the requirements for the ISO 14064 Greenhouse gases standard and PAS 2050 for lifecycle analysis. All Yealands branded wine products are subject to a full lifecycle analysis under the product certification, with an independent audit conducted annually in two parts: 1 – organisation, 2 – product.No stranger to world firsts, Yealands was also the first winery in the world to carry the DQS Green Company GC-Mark for our Seaview winery in Marlborough. To carry the Green Company GC-Mark a company must succeed in reducing its negative impact upon the environment. It builds on our ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) accreditation, an international standard focused on continuous improvement, review and monitoring of our systems to improve our overall environmental performance.
We are also Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) accredited, a New Zealand industry standard for sustainable winegrowing.
At the beginning of 2020 Yealands became New Zealand's only member of International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA), a collective working group committed to tackling the severity of the climate crisis by creating climate leadership in the wine industry. As a member of this group Yealands has made a commitment to lower its carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2045, and 50 per cent by 2030.Other Sustainability Initiatives and Awards
Sustainability is at the core of our business with many positively impactful initiatives in place, such as solar power, generating energy through burning our vine prunings, and harnessing the coastal winds through on-site wind turbines. We also have a purpose-built compost facility producing up to 6,000 tonnes per annum. You can read more about these and our other initiatives here.
Yealands Wine Group has been awarded a number of sustainability awards since opening in 2008. In 2016 we were an International Winner at the Drinks Business Green Awards, receiving the Renewable Energy Implementation Runner-Up Award for the installation of New Zealand's largest solar panel array on our winery roof. Soon after we were honoured with a BRIT Texas International Award of Excellence, winning the Platinum Award for International Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing in 2017. Independent sustainability awards not only allow us to objectively appraise our company-wide practices within an international context, but also continually ground us in our ongoing ambition to be a world leader in sustainable wine production.