As an agriculture-based company, environmental issues are not only important to us – they are an essential component in our continued growth and success. Because we rely on the land for our livelihood, it is critical that Constellation does all it can to ensure clean water, air and soil at all of our sites and in all of the countries where we operate. Our aim is to look for ways to improve the environment, while also minimizing Constellation’s collective impact.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Use Disclosure
Since 2009, we have reported our global carbon footprint to the CDP, an independent not-for-profit organization that helps clients make investment decisions and uncover business risk and opportunity tied to environmental issues. In 2014, we were recognized as a leader among S&P 500 companies by the CDP for the depth and quality of climate change data we disclosed to investors and the global marketplace. Using our carbon footprint data, we are setting emission reduction targets and creating a multi-year plan to reach those goals.
Water is important to us all as a natural resource. It is essential to the production of our brands and vital to our markets, consumers, and local communities. We recognize that changes in quantity and/or quality of our water supply can have far-reaching and extended impacts. This is why we believe it is imperative to collectively champion the responsible use of water to reduce the risk to our operations and local communities.
California Solar Initiative
A solar initiative that includes 17,000 solar panels at four wineries gives Constellation the largest solar footprint in the U.S. wine industry. The solar power generated covers most, if not all, of the wineries’ energy needs. The four systems have a combined solar power of 3.95 megawatt DC, which is equivalent to 4.5 million pounds of emitted carbon being removed from the atmosphere. This amount equates to 9 million miles not driven annually or 226 million miles not driven during the next 25 years.
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All of our California wineries and vineyards are proud to be certified as part of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance third-party Certification Program, and all of our wineries in New Zealand are proud to be members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand
For more on our CSR efforts and initiatives around the world, please visit constellationcsr.com.