Liberty Wines certified carbon neutral

Liberty Wines has been certified carbon neutral by carbon management company Carbon Footprint.

The importer cut its emissions by moving 70% of its Italian shipments from road to rail – which reduced their emissions by 69% in the past year, recycling 95% of its office waste, and cutting electricity use by 20% since February 2013 – in spite of a 20% increase in volumes going through its warehouse.

It hopes to keep cutting its carbon footprint this year, and will have an annual evaluation of how it is doing.

Managing director David Gleave said: “Carbon emission reduction makes both good business sense and has a positive impact on the environment. 

“Over the past 25 years, I have spent a lot of time in vineyards around the world seeing and hearing about the impact the changing climate is having on grapes and I support the ongoing move to less intervention in the vineyards by producers. 

“While the quality of our wines and customer service remains paramount, we have a responsibility to do what we can to minimise the impact our business has on the environment.”

Liberty has also offset its CO2 emissions by investing in clean energy projects including a hydro energy project in Chile.

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