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Casa Silva certified as energy efficient

Chilean winery Casa Silva has been certified as an energy efficient winery by the Chilean Minister of Energy, Jorge Bunster Betteley.

The company’s energy expenditure was put through a rigorous review process over several months to check that the winery did not consume more than 40% energy power.

Mario Pablo Silva, MD of Casa Silva, comments: “At Casa Silva we aim to be as environmentally aware and contemporary as possible through the implementation of new and efficient technologies, which will ultimately lead to quicker and superior productivity whilst reducing net energy usage.”

A high performance bottling line and low energy consumption presses are among more efficient technologies used by the winery.

He adds: “Sustainability is deeply rooted in the community at Casa Silva. We have implemented training days to ensure that all of our staff are taught to be more energy efficient. From the workers to the owners, every individual employee has also endeavoured to embrace these policies in their own homes.”

The company says it is currently exploring alternative energy sources in some areas of the vineyards, for example using solar panels, and is looking at more advanced technologies to control water usage.

Pictured: José Ignacio Maturana, winemaker at Casa Silva, and Lilian San Martin, head of sustainability, accepting the award from the Minister

30 December 2013 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor