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Energetic optimization

Energetic optimization

At Torres we use a 2.6 MW biomass furnace to recycle leftovers from pruning and old vines, waste from cleaning the woods, and the grape marc and stems obtained in the winemaking process.

The furnace runs on plant-based fuel. Electric consumption is reduced by 10% thanks to absorption cooling equipment for the furnace, while gas consumption is reduced by 80%. This also prevents the emission of 1,300 tonnes of CO2 per year.

We also have biomass furnaces in our wineries in Chile, Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

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The more we care for the earth, the better our wine
Biodiversity

Biodiversity

We try to minimise the environmental impact around our vineyards by not using insecticides, etc. and only applying environmentally friendly products.

For weed control we have replaced traditional weed killers with mechanical elimination or by establishing plant cover between the rows of vines, reducing erosion, increasing organic matter and improving biodiversity as the plant cover becomes a habitat for numerous beneficial species.

The more we care for the earth, the better our wine
Reduction of Energy Consumption

Reduction of Energy Consumption

We have been carrying out different initiatives aimed at energy saving and the responsible use of energy.

  • We are implementing a plan to replace incandescent light bulbs with low consumption ones.
  • The infrared rays in the security cameras have been replaced with LED. This measure has reduced the energy consumption of each unit by 500%.
  • We have thermally insulated 28 stainless steel tanks, thus reducing the energy consumption needed to maintain an optimum temperature.
  • We have reduced energy consumption by building underground warehouses and designing new climatisation circuits.
  • We work with more eco-efficient packaging, and for this reason have reduced the weight of Bordeaux glass bottles.
  • We have classed our installations as ‘space free of pollution particles’. Vehicles have their engines switched off in loading zones to contribute to a reduction of the emission of pollution particles and CO2 into the atmosphere.

For gardening tasks combustion machinery has been replaced with electric tools, thus reducing gas emissions and fuel consumption.

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Adaptation mesures

Adaptation mesures

Several years ago we began to observe changes in the grape maturing process, with a disparity between sugar content and the maturity of the aromas in the vineyard. Therefore, we are studying different techniques to prevent this.

  • Density of planting
  • Studies on the management of vegetation (pruning, thinning, cutting back, etc.)
  • Training the vines
  • Orientation of the vines
  • Study of the effect of temperature and CO2 concentration on the vines
  • Tests with rootstocks with different resistance to drought and different vegetative development; always appropriate for delaying maturing
  • We are looking for new locations in higher altitude zones in the north of Catalonia, to adapt the vines to the new climate
  • Recovery of ancestral varieties which were lost with the appearance of phylloxera in the 19th century

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Sustainable construction

Sustainable construction

Following our Environmental Policy we have established a sustainable building protocol for new constructions which are to be included in the design phase of each new installation:

  • Availability of a water purifying plant
  • Pool for the collection of rainwater
  • Good insulation and energy efficiency
  • Integration into the surrounding landscape
  • Photovoltaic roof
  • Eco-sustainable gardens

In a setting where the landscape is threatened by increasing construction, Miguel Torres takes the integration of the landscape into its construction activity into account.

The more we care for the earth, the better our wine
The more we care for the earth, the better our wine
The more we care for the earth, the better our wine
Waste management

Waste management

We have begun a project for the management, reuse and recycling of organic waste using modular composters. 

In order to encourage the selective collection of waste the winery has a 450 cubic metre area for separation and storage. These installations are used to separate 46 different types of waste.

This action is aimed at substantially increasing the valuation and recycling of waste compared to the traditional use of the garbage tip. 

We currently recycle 99.3% of waste generated.

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The more we care for the earth, the better our wine
The more we care for the earth, the better our wine
Certifications

Certifications

Our commitment for 2020: to reduce CO2 emissions per bottle by 30%, compared to 2008. These certifications help us to make our progress more tangible.

 

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Analysis of Product Life Cycle:

Development of a tool to calculate the carbon footprint of our products.
Following PAS 2050:2011, based on the ‘Business to Consumer’ concept (‘Cradle to the grave’) and considering all the stages from the extraction of prime materials, transport, manufacturing and distribution to the final waste makes it possible to quantify all greenhouse emissions for every product throughout its life cycle, until its final destination.

 

ISO 14064:

Verification of the company report on emissions, according to the standards set by ISO 14064, for 2008 (base year) and 2011. The three possible scopes defined in the ISO, including direct and indirect emissions by Miguel Torres, were considered.

The results obtained for CO2 emissions for each of the areas of our company allow us to define specific action plans for compliance with the objective of reducing 30% of CO2 emissions per bottle in 2020, compared with base year 2008. By 2014 we achieved a 10% reduction, considering our emissions as well as those that come from our suppliers..

These data were verified by Lloyd’s

 

Catalan Office for Climate Change:

Adherence to the Programme for Voluntary Agreements for the reduction of greenhouse emissions of the Catalan Office for Climate Change of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Voluntary agreements are the commitment of any organisation, company, etc., which voluntarily undertakes to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases, over and above the obligation set in regulations. The Office for Climate Change wishes to increase awareness of collective and individual impact on climate, agreeing with the Kyoto Protocol and European environmental policies in the objective for 2020: 20-20-20, 20% reduction of greenhouse gases, 20% reduction in energy consumption and covering 20% of energy needs with renewable energy.

 

Forest Stewardship Council:

In our environmental policy we have included the guarantee of responsible consumption of forest products and the sustainable maintenance of forests. To reach this objective we are asking our providers to have the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certifications, and in the future we hope to incorporate the FSC or PEFC seals into our materials, in wooden boxes, cork bottletops, barrels, etc. At present, some of our wooden barrels already have the PEFC seal.

 

Energy meter

Alongside the DOSI and Projects and Services departments we have developed a meter for the renewable energy produced in Torres. Its application allows us to know, minute by minute, the energy generated by our installation of photovoltaic solar panels and the biomass furnace.

 

The more we care for the earth, the better our wine