The Green Ribbon Awards recognise
those who are taking practical action to deal with critical
environmental challenges such as improving water and air quality,
reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste, and boosting
biodiversity by protecting coasts and oceans” Auchinvole says.
“Yealands Estate has wineries throughout New Zealand and exports wine to 65 countries. They have demonstrated a strong commitment to using green technology, achieving Sustainable Winegrowing Certification.
“They have implemented innovative approaches to reduce the environmental impact of their operations, for example using sheep to graze between the vines, avoiding the need for sprays and tractor mowers.
“Yealands has also implemented many practical projects such as developing 25 wetlands, using solar panels and wind turbines to supplement electricity supplies, and harvesting rainwater from roofs.
“Yealands has made good use of technology and methods to reduce their environmental impact. They have demonstrated that green technology can contribute to better economic performance providing an excellent example for others in the horticultural and agricultural sector.
“Yealands Estate has been consistently at the forefront of environmental best practice solutions, which has contributed to company profitability and international respect for our wine sector” says King.
The awards had more than 280 entries this year, an increase of 68 on last year. This shows that more and more New Zealanders are taking action to improve our environment.