Every year we calculate our carbon footprint and, uniquely within the wine industry, we have it independently verified by the Carbon Trust. We have gained full Carbon Trust verification in every year since 2011.
For 2019, our carbon footprint was 71.16 tonnes CO2e. That is a 23.5% reduction of CO2e compared to last year. CO2 that could not be reduced was, as in previous years, offset through the purchase of carbon credits making us carbon neutral.
Last year we launched English wine in cans and sold over 14,500 cans which saved the use of 4,700 glass bottles. Cans are much lighter than glass bottles and easier to recycle saving energy in shipping and reprocessing. The use of cans instead of bottles saved 1.564 tonnes of CO2e.
In 2015 we launched our own brand Italian sparkling wine on draught called Vino Vispo targeting the on-trade casual dining sector. The wine is shipped and delivered in recyclable plastic lightweight 20 litre kegs. There is a carbon footprint saving to the equivalent of 26.6 glass bottles with every keg.