Our approach to environmental management focuses on managing our risks whilst equally importantly, delivering environmental results, cost efficiencies and brand differentiation for the business. We recognise our responsibilities and our ability to positively influence the industries and communities in which we operate.
Focusing on external drivers, internal capability, systems and processes, we identify and manage key issues, objectives and targets to drive performance and tangible initiatives. These deliver real results and are the cornerstone of our environmental management philosophy.
In line with our Global Environment Policy commitments, we endeavour to embed environmental considerations into all we do. In 2010, we developed a new approach to environmental management, customising strategies, goals and objectives to drive performance, based on five key elements:
- conducting an analysis of who our key stakeholders are and identifying their needs;
- developing mechanisms for embedding environmental capability in our people;
- systems and processes to enable execution of our strategic plan;
- articulated and business relevant environmental goals;
- objectives, projects and initiatives that will deliver results.
TWE Environment Policy
TWE Environment policy is our commitment to understanding and minimising any adverse impacts our operations and our products have on the environment.
We will work towards our objective by:
- meeting or exceeding all environmental regulations in each of our workplaces,
- maintaining a structured and consistent environmental management system, driving continuous improvement throughout our operations and effectively addressing hazards, risks and emerging issues,
- driving the integration of environmental considerations into key elements of core business processes through innovation, clear objectives and engagement,
- ensuring that all employees, contractors and visitors understand and comply with our environment policies, procedures and practices,
- ensuring that consumption of resources, such as water, energy, packaging, chemicals and raw materials is reduced, or is as efficient as possible,
- minimising wastes generated, and maximising diversion from landfill for waste materials, through recycling or re-use, from within our operations and across our customer and consumer base,
- protecting, enhancing and where possible, restoring biodiversity,
- working across our supply chain to deliver commercially sound improvements in environmental performance.
Managing, monitoring and reporting Treasury’s environmental performance
A comprehensive environmental monitoring system underpins our transparent reporting, incorporating environmental metrics common across our wine business globally. The database allows us to report energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation at a global and site level, as an absolute figure or per unit of production.
We acknowledge the significant challenge posed by climate change and the action required to avoid increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere.
As an organisation we recognise the importance of our responsibilities in reducing our carbon footprint and looking for opportunities to achieve responsible carbon management across our supply chain.
We also recognise that climate change presents a number of risks to our business, particularly those relating to regulatory changes and the impact of changing climatic conditions on our vineyards. We have adopted appropriate management systems, strategies and processes to adapt to these existing and emerging issues. Our environmental program of works aligns environmental initiatives and activities occurring within our business against our environmental priorities and objectives stated in our Environment Policy.
Treasury Wine Estates is a leader in the wine industry in monitoring and analysing climate related viticulture data. Harvest conditions and timing, regional and varietal variations are all collected and analysed, informing viticulture planning and regional supply contracts.
We maintain a number of tools to achieve this. Treasury’s Footprint Program focuses on the sustainable future of the vineyard. Treasury’s Footprint contains a series of tools and best practice guidelines developed for use by our vineyards to assist with actively managing the risks and opportunities on water use and quality, agrochemical use, fuel storage and handling, biodiversity, soil health, waste and carbon emissions.
Sustainable Choice advises sites on the selection of chemicals that have least impact on people and the environment. The tool incorporates a scoring system and vineyards are measured on the “softness” of their agrochemical spray programs.
Green Business Program is actively supported by our vineyards in the Napa and Sonoma regions in the Americas. The program focuses on businesses achieving environmental compliance, conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimising waste. Our Asti and Chateau St Jean wineries are certified to the Sonoma County Green Business Program. Our Beringer and Etude wineries are certified to the Napa County Green Business Program.
Many of Treasury Wine Estates sites have biodiversity value that we wish to protect, enhance and restore. This encourages the retention of native flora and protection of native fauna habitats.
Our commitment to managing biodiversity can be found within the Treasury Biodiversity Guidelines, which were developed together with the Australian Conservation Foundation. These guidelines set out our high level commitment to biodiversity and provide detailed actions for managing the impacts of our operations on biodiversity, particularly within our wine business.
Biodiversity impacts may be reduced by our operations through:
- restricted use of chemicals in the production of grapes,
- effective pest and disease management practices,
- beneficial soil, fire and nutritional management practices,
- responsible use of plant and equipment,
- positive water ways and water resource management.