Our journey to environmental sustainability
It was recognised by previous generations that we are ultimately farmers whose produce is affected by a changing climate. We now need to do our part to ensure that we are assisting to create a moderate growing climate for our product, to ensure its longevity and quality continues. As custodians of the Estate we have an environmental responsibility to leave a sustainable legacy for those family members to come.
In 2008 we commenced a journey to understand our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) profile and establish baselines for calculating the carbon stored onsite by our revegetation activities.
Through our onsite re-vegetation, organic waste treatment and then investing in reputable carbon reduction schemes to offset current emissions we achieved our objective of becoming Carbon Neutral for the 2012 financial year.
In 2013/2014 we took measuring our carbon footprint to a new level by partnering with carboNZero, the world’s first internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme under ISO 14065. Tahbilk was the first winery to be carboNZero certified in Australia and one of eight wineries globally at the time to have achieved full carboNZero certification.
We continue to audit our emissions annually and remain proudly ‘Carbon Neutral’. This means that, through a transparent process of measuring emissions, reducing those emissions and offsetting residual emissions, our net calculated carbon emissions equal zero.
Whilst the ‘carbon neutral’ solution is a significant milestone to addressing the immediate concerns towards re-balancing our greenhouse gas emissions, the process has uncovered a need to develop a longer visioned sustainability strategy to be internally, naturally balanced without the need to purchase carbon offsets - an exciting prospect which will see up to 120ha of trees being planted over the coming 5 years.
We are excited to be able to share our aspirations with you.
This is a journey, not a destination.
Read more about our environmental projects in our blog 'Finding the balance'.
Hayley Purbrick (5th Generation)
CarboNZero Certified Reports
You can find our current certification reports here.
carboNZero Summary 2016
carboNZero Certification 2016
carboNZero Product Certification 2016