Being smarter and more efficient with our resource use is simply the right thing to do — for the environment and our bottom line. Below you can read more about our initiatives and efforts relating to water, carbon, solar, waste, and more.
Responsible Water Use
Water is essential to the production of our brands and vital to our markets, consumers, and local communities. We recognize that changes in quantity and quality of our water supply can have far-reaching and extended impacts. This is why we believe it is imperative to collectively champion the responsible use of water to reduce the risk to our local communities and our operations. View our Water Policy.
Just one example of our responsible water use - our brewery in Nava, Mexico, reuses about 26% of incoming water and has a water intensity rate of 3.15 liters of water per liter of product - one of the best in the industry.
FY17 WATER INTENSITY (Liters of water withdrawals per liter of product produced)
* Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable's 2016 Water and Energy Use Benchmarking Study. †Only winery water withdrawals used; no vineyard irrigation water data included. ◊Only represents spirits facilities under our operational control.
Each year since 2009, we have submitted a climate change response to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), an independent not for-profit organization that gives investors insight into companies’ greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and strategies for managing climate change and water risk. In 2014 and 2015, we were named to the CDP Leadership Index and were recognized as a leader among S&P 500 companies by CDP for the depth and quality of climate change data we publicly disclosed.
Our CDP submission can be read on the CDP's website.
Internal Sustainability Award
Our annual Internal Sustainability Award is open to all our facilities worldwide. The goals of the award are to increase visibility of our wide-ranging sustainability initiatives, increase employee participation in local sustainability programs, and encourage progress towards meeting our sustainability goals. Criteria for the award include: greenhouse gases reduction; water reduction; energy reduction; solid waste reduction; recycling/reuse programs; community/supplier involvement; and “Green Team” activities.
Approximately 17,000 solar panels at four our wineries came online in 2010 and 2011, making the initiative one of the largest solar footprints in the U.S. wine industry. The solar power generated is projected to cover most, if not all, of the wineries’ energy needs. The four systems will have a combined solar power of 3.95 megawatt DC, which is equivalent to 4.5 million pounds of emitted carbon being removed from the atmosphere. This amount equates to 9 million miles not driven annually or 226 million miles not driven over the next 25 years.
SOLAR ENERGY GENERATED ON-SITE IN FY17
† Our waste data collection is completed in June each year, making FY16 our latest available data.
In FY16, our waste diversion rate (the amount of waste we prevented from going to landfill) was 91%. Our production facilities have robust programs in place to recycle and compost waste.
For example, at Woodbridge Winery in California, 96% of all solid waste materials are recycled thanks in large part to increased employee awareness and a sustained continuous improvement approach.
More Sustainability Initiatives
Below are a few more of our key sustainability initiatives at Constellation Brands. While it isn't an exhaustive list, it provides a flavor of what's important to us when it comes to minimizing our impact on the environment.