As a business, Kingsland have been committed to implementing “green” practices in our day to day strategies, practices and products for over 60 years. We operate as a bulk wine shipping business, one of the many benefits being significant reductions in carbon footprint. In comparison to wine shipped in bottle, more than double the quantity of wine can be shipped on the same vessel.
As a business, we were heavily involved in the development of containerised transport on the Manchester Ship Canal, which we utilise to this day. Use of the canal and the dock at Irlam also means that wines can arrive at our facility having travelled for less than half a mile on UK roads which results in a reduction in congestion and emissions.
We pioneered the use of light weight glass where less energy is required in manufacture, bottling, transportation and our green glass has minimum of 70% recycled content and is sourced geographically close to our factory. Our corrugated boards are made from recycled materials.
ISO14001 environmental management standard
Kingsland have become one of the first UK bulk wine importers to be certified to the revised ISO14001 environmental management standard. The certification, awarded by BSI, comes after an extensive planning and implementation period, and complements Kingsland’s existing ISO9001 accreditation. Click here for more information.
WRAP – Courtauld 2025
Kingsland were one of the first specialist businesses to commit to Courtauld 2025 (C2025), the successor scheme to the Courtauld Commitment 3. Developed and administered by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), C2025 identifies hotspots of resource use and waste creation in the Food and Drink Sector, and works collaboratively with businesses to address these. The focus is more about wider sustainability issues than purely environmental, which fits in well with the business’s long-term vision to embrace all aspects of sustainability. Kingsland are Steering Group members of C2025, and have since gone on to help develop the Raw Materials Risk Analysis Working Group, due largely to the wide geographical reach of its supply chain. For more information on WRAP and C2025, visit the WRAP website, or email Andy Horrocks at firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Food Hate Waste
Through WRAP, we have invested in training our entire workforce through Love Food Hate Waste. Almost 300 employees have been trained in the impact of food waste on the environment and through interactive group sessions, how each of us can work towards reducing our own food waste in the home.
Kingsland support wrap’s recycle week, both within and outside of the business.
We have 10 of the management team trained to IEMA Foundation level in Environmental Management. This training gives valuable insight into the legal environmental requirements facing companies today, and guidance on how to apply them to the day to day running of a business. Additional colleagues have been through a day course in Environmental Awareness Training.
We are now supplying some of our factory power demand through the solar panel project that we installed in 2013, which has now been calculated to save 130 tonnes of CO2 annually. During summer the peak output provides over 70% of the factory’s electricity requirements. The investments made in 2013 to our production facility continue to reduce energy usage, through direct pumping from the lower cellar to the lines and with air-cooled chillers.
We have installed higher efficiency burners on our steam boilers and now have 85% of the factory fitted with high-frequency low-energy lighting.
Voltage Optimisation Transformer
We invested in a voltage optimisation transformer – besides being constructed using low loss materials the transformer constantly adjusts the voltage levels to site to ensure that all the equipment runs at their most efficient settings.