Ahead of the times

THE team at St Hallett Wines is being recognised by the NAB Agribusiness Awards for Excellence 2012 for putting its greenest foot forward.

St Hallett Wines has been named a finalist under the award category Environment, Energy and Climate Action in Agribusiness with the winner to be announced at a gala dinner on November 1 in Melbourne. 

Located on St Hallett Road, Tanunda the St Hallett Wines team has been reducing its carbon footprint and lowering its energy consumption since 2007.

Technical Officer for Environment and Viticulture at St Hallet Megan Coles said St Hallett has focused a lot on looking at its energy use and how to improve energy efficiency. 

“If you look throughout their (St Hallett Wines) history they have always had a great thread of environmentally sustainability happening,” Mrs Coles said. 

“In more recent years we have really made sure that we’re taking a really holistic approach when it comes to environmentally sustainability.”

One of the steps St Hallett Wines had to take to qualify for the award was to demonstrate it had made improvements in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions or storing carbon while maintaining or improving business performance.   

It was easily able to demonstrate this as it has been following an environmentally sustainable journey and over the past decade it has been implementing numerous projects and initiatives to improve carbon and energy efficiency.

Part of the journey included installing a thermal energy storage system and purchasing a floatation device to significantly reduce refrigeration load requirements and improve efficiency. 

“Our overall aim is to reduce our carbon footprint,” Mrs Coles said.

“We have done a lot of work with our energy and are looking at other ways we can be more efficient.”

While the team at St Hallett Wines is excited about the opportunity to win the Environment, Energy and Climate Action in Agribusiness Award, Mrs Coles said the recognition for all the effort the team has put in is good enough.  

St Hallett Wines has also formed the Hallett Valley Catchment Care Group which is busy with revegetation projects and establishing a native garden/insectarium alongside one of its vineyard blocks.

For more details on the work the Hallett Valley Catchment Care Group have undertaken visit greenblockshiraz.blogspot.com. 

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