Sustainability

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24 Aug 2020
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Tasca d’Almerita’s new report has been published: now in its ninth year, this annual report shows the results of the work carried out to protect the environment and support development of the territory

CO2 emissions have been reduced by over 400 tonnes in the last two years, the equivalent of the emissions absorbed by around 2000 orange trees in the space of 10 years. More than 500,000 kWh of photovoltaic energy has been produced, (saving the equivalent of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by a plane traveling the Rome-London route 829 times).

A significant milestone has been reached – the production of 1,600,000 lightened bottles between 2011 and today (+ 31.2% compared to 2018) with a consequent reduction not only in emissions, but also in raw materials – the diesel oil, sand, soda, limestone – necessary to make a glass bottle. Furthermore 54 new jobs have been created in the last 4 years; 55,000 euros put towards projects focused on the development of the Sicilian territory in 2019 alone (to name a few: Malvasia Day, Cogito, the Palermo – Montecarlo Regata).

The figures published in Tasca d’Almerita’s ninth sustainability report, from our five estates which are situated in some of the most suited territories for viticulture in Sicily, illustrate the commitment of an agricultural business that nine years ago chose to join SOStain, the sustainability program for viticulture and winemaking, created by producers for producers. SOStain measures the impact of the whole company’s activities and not just a part of these. The principle at the heart of the project is the idea that the influence of agricultural activities goes far beyond the fields that are cultivated, affecting the well-being of workers, consumer health, the enhancement of the surrounding area and the conservation of natural resources.

In the words of Alberto Tasca, CEO of Tasca d’Almerita, “For me, sustainability comes down to awareness measurement. When we joined SOStain, a sustainability programme for Sicilian viticulture and winemaking, we did so with the conviction that we were initiating a process of raising awareness, because we wanted to know the precise effect of every action we take in the vineyard, in the winery and in general throughout the organisation. In this sense, SOStain gives us the possibility to constantly measure our level of sustainability using rigorous scientific indicators. We therefore make all our decisions on the basis of objective data, and this helps us avoid waste and preserve the breathtaking territory we’ve been given on loan.”

It has been a long nine-year journey in the direction of sustainability for Tasca d’Almerita, with still a way to go. In the annual sustainability report, in addition to the results of actions already taken, the commitments for the following year are also outlined. The key to it all is the concept of continuous improvement “Because sustainability,” – continues Alberto Tasca, “is not a point of arrival but a direction in which to move forward, facing daily challenges large and small. Continuous improvement over time (the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen) is at the heart of the Tasca philosophy and approach to work. It is a strategy that works one small step at a time, day after day, and that encourages even the smallest of changes which when taken together contribute to the improvement not only of the organisation as a whole, but hopefully also of our planet.”

This commitment to sustainability has been recognized by the prestigious American magazine Wine Enthusiast with the “European Winery of the Year” award and by the Relais & Châteaux association which awarded the 2020 Sustainability Trophy to Tasca d’Almerita’s Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia estate.

“Today, at a time when this terrible health emergency threatens our health”, concludes Alberto Tasca, “I am increasingly convinced that I have taken the right path. The aim is to increase the degree of resilience of ecosystems, but it is only by imagining “another society”, one which is capable of respecting the beauty of life, and which values well-being over well-having, that it will be possible to bring about a widespread transformation and development of humanity.”

 

Download report 2019