TWE plans Australia’s largest vineyard solar installation
Iconic Australian wines including Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Wynns, Squealing Pig and Pepperjack will be produced using 100% renewable electricity by 2024, while Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) announces the world’s largest solar installation Australia in its Barossa and Karadoc vineyards.
Around 9,500 solar panels will be installed by the end of 2022 at Barossa Winery and Production Center in South Australia and Karadoc Winery in Victoria. The facilities, which include solar parking lots for employees, are expected to generate more than 5,500 megawatt hours of electricity per year, equivalent to powering 900 homes.
Kirsten Gray, director of sustainability and external affairs at TWE, said switching to 100% renewable electricity was the single most important contribution the company could make on its journey to net zero direct emissions. The initiative was developed in partnership with Shell Energy and is part of TWE’s wider plan to produce wine sustainably.
“Electricity accounts for approximately 70% of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions, so switching to renewables is the biggest and fastest step we can take to reduce emissions. This paves the way to achieving our goal of net direct zero emissions by 2030 and forms the basis for future innovation and resilience,” said Ms. Gray.
“Sustainability is a priority for our consumers, customers and employees around the world, and we are proud to make progress towards our bold goals. Cultivating a better future for all means taking action and leading the industry to produce cleaner, greener wine that is enjoyed by consumers around the world.
Shell Energy Australia CEO Greg Joiner said TWE’s renewable power commitments are an important step in becoming a sustainability leader in the global wine and beverage industry.
“With nearly 13,000 hectares of vineyards worldwide, TWE has the opportunity to shape how the wine industry navigates the energy transition,” Mr. Joiner said.
“TWE’s investment in the renewable energy and emissions reduction roadmap ensures it has a clear and thoughtful path to achieving its global sustainability goals. Shell Energy’s expertise in end-to-end low-carbon solutions means the plan embeds emissions reduction across all operations of the winery: from the cellar door, to offices, to packinghouses and vineyards. »
The Barossa and Karadoc facilities are part of TWE’s broader plans to install more than 29,000 solar panels in its wineries and vineyards around the world and to purchase renewable electricity offsite. In early 2022, the company’s headquarters in Melbourne, Victoria and Napa Valley, California became the last of its headquarters sites to be powered by 100% renewable electricity. Last year, the company also joined RE100 – a global renewable energy initiative that aims to accelerate the transition to a clean economy.