Mission Winery has a longstanding commitment to minimising the impact of its operations on the environment. With 165 years of history, we’ve learned how important looking after our land is, and have taken several steps to ensure we meet the highest standards of environmental protection.
To achieve this, we implemented the ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System, an internationally agreed standard that is implemented in 171 countries around the world, and have been accredited since 1998.
As part of the criteria, we monitor all our power and water consumption, as well as the use of all materials that have an environmental impact.
In the building of the winery itself, careful attention was paid to the most energy efficient design as possible. Thermal Mass construction was used for the structure of the building, helping maximize energy efficiency. The largest portion of energy consumption in a winery is the refrigeration, and the development of two separate systems designed to re-direct the energy consumption to the most intensive areas, was instrumental in minimizing compressor inefficiencies and generating further energy savings.
The result is a winery that consumes the energy equivalent of just 32 average New Zealand households*, and has the carbon footprint of 4 average New Zealanders**.
Every aspect of Mission Estate’s production is managed to create wines that minimize the impact on the environment. This innovative approach creates lower demands on New Zealand’s stretched energy resources, which is especially important during the colder winter months. New projects spanning across the business are continuously being developed, and reviewed to ensure we are always looking ahead and continuing to improve our commitment to environmental sustainability.
*Average NZ household = 8,000 KWh
**Average Carbon Footprint per capita = 8 Tonne