The carbon footprint is the quantification of Greenhouse Gases issued directly or indirectly over a period of time by a company, organisation, event or product. The direct emissions are those that occur in sources belonging to company or controlled by it, while the indirect emissions are those that are not controlled directly by the company.
One of the matters that concern us most in terms of the environment is the carbon footprint, so we have brought in a series of measures with the aim of reducing it.
During 2012 we measured two periods of our carbon footprint, so completing three measured periods: July 2009 - June 2010, July 2010 - June 2011 and July 2011 -June 2012.
Our emissions occur in the vineyards, in Pelequén winery, 'House Casa del Vino', offices and distribution centres and they are caused by use of fuel, electricity, nitrogenous fertilizers, coolants, dry supplies, and sea and air transport.
For this reason we have already implemented the following actions to enable us to reduce our carbon footprint:
• Solar panels.
• Implementation of efficient energy technologies.
• Programmed boiler.
All our estates have a study of their flora and fauna, with the idea of protecting them and taking care of their biodiversity. This is why our vineyards have conservation areas in the natural gullies and we take care of the vegetation that surrounds them. Furthermore, on all our estates we protect the birds and animals belonging to the area, and all types of hunting are prohibited.
For example, since the Belen estate was purchased in 2003, zones of native species have been kept up. Some of the most outstanding of these are the hawthorn, the boldo, peumo, quillay and maitén, which attract a variety of birds, such as the chincol (crown sparrow), tordo (blackbird) and zorzal (thrush), among others. It is also possible to see black-necked swans and nutrias on the two lakes that exist in Belén.
On our Romeral Estate in the Maipo Valley we have a conservation area of 21 hectares, which represents 46.8% of the property, in addition to 6.6 hectares of preservation and 17.2 hectares of restoration, with native trees and bushes such as hawthorn, tevo, maitén, romerillo, colliguay and quilo. It is also possible to spot foxes and weasels.