So, what does carbon neutral mean?
It means that a company or a brand measures and offsets emissions.
Put simply, carbon neutrality means any greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere in the manufacture, use or disposal of a product are measured, and the remainder is then offset.
What does carbon neutral mean to Lindeman’s?
For us, it is not enough to measure and offset, we are committed to continuously reducing our emissions and impact. Ever since Dr Henry Lindeman declared ‘the one purpose of wine is to bring happiness’, Lindeman’s has made its mission to make the world just a little better.
We are constantly measuring, offsetting and reducing our carbon footprint year on year.
Lindeman’s European portfolio received carbon neutral certification from the Carbon Trust in 2020. We’re taking this further by certifying the entire product range globally with the Carbon Trust.
What exactly is measured?
All life-cycle stages of Lindeman’s wine portfolio are included in achieving carbon neutrality. That includes cultivation of the grapes, harvesting, the wine making process, transportation, packaging and distribution to local stores, consumption of the product as well as end of life.
This methodology was developed in accordance with the requirements of PAS 2060. PAS 2060 is the internationally recognised specification for carbon neutrality and has been developed by the British Standards Institute. It is important to us to have this verification to PAS 2060 as it provides a recognized method of substantiating claims.
How do we ensure that Lindeman’s is carbon neutral?
Lindeman’s is certified by The Carbon Trust – an international climate change and sustainability consultancy who have expertise in life cycle analysis and have developed lifecycle foot printing methodologies. We used the Carbon Trust’s Footprint Expert tool as the outputs of the model included a breakdown of the footprint by activity. This helps us to identify hotspots across the lifecycle of the Lindeman’s wine (raw materials, manufacture, distribution, disposal) where there may be opportunity for further improvements.
With the Carbon Trust’s support we have measured our carbon footprint and started to implement our ambitious plans for a sustainable future. You can read more about PAS 2060 at www.carbontrust.com
What is being done to reduce Lindeman’s carbon footprint?
We are putting in place a series of initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint. These include transferring our portfolio to lightweight bottles, optimising the recyclability of packaging and using renewable electricity as well as adopting process changes such as more efficient refrigeration at our wineries.
The targets outlined in this plan will be reviewed and assessed on a quarterly basis in order to track progress and to implement corrective action to ensure targets are achieved.
What is Lindeman’s doing to compensate for outstanding emissions?
Lindeman’s continues to work closely with our partners to offset carbon emissions through a number of different collaborations.
Any offsets that we purchase are ‘Verified Carbon Standard’, a widely used type of offset where projects are certified to ensure that the emission reductions generated by these projects are actually occurring. Some example projects are: