Pernod Ricard Winemakers: First Large Australian Wine Company to Achieve 100 Percent Renewable Electricity

SYDNEY, Dec. 5, 2019 /PVTIME/ -- Pernod Ricard Winemakers
has become the first large wine company in Australia to achieve 100 percent
renewable electricity. The commitment was achieved ahead of schedule and will
ensure that all wines from the iconic Australian wine brands Jacob's Creek, St
Hugo and Wyndham Estate will be produced using electricity from renewable
sources.

All of Pernod Ricard Winemakers' Australian sites are now using renewable
electricity thanks to the completion of Australia's largest combined winery
solar installation and a 10-year agreement to source renewable electricity.

Energy company AGL has installed more than 10,300 solar panels
across the company's two Barossa Valley wineries, with a predicted annual
generation of 4,000 megawatt-hours, enough to power the equivalent of nearly
800 South Australian homes.

Pernod Ricard Winemakers has also become the first wine company in South
Australia to be connected to both offsite wind and solar farms as a result of a
landmark 10-year Virtual Generation Agreement (VGA) with wholesale electricity
retailer Flow Power. The agreement means that the
remainder of the business' annual electricity requirements will be met by solar
and wind.

Sustainability and responsibility is an important part of Pernod Ricard's
global strategy, with the group recently launching its 2030 sustainability and responsibility
roadmap
which sets out eight ambitious goals aligned to the United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Brett McKinnon, Pernod Ricard Winemakers' Chief Operations Officer, said
that the completion of the project demonstrates Pernod Ricard Winemakers'
commitment to be a leader in sustainability and responsibility.

"Pernod Ricard Winemakers is excited to be the first large wine
company in Australia to produce wine using electricity sourced entirely from
renewable sources, well ahead of our initial goal and other large wine
companies."

"Being sustainable and responsible is an important part of our
business, particularly as producers of wine - a product that takes its
character from the land where it was grown. We want to minimise our impact on
the communities where we operate, responding to the local climate and
preserving the environment for future generations to come."

"Our journey began in 2016 with a pilot solar installation after we
recognised that we had a huge opportunity across our wineries to harness the
power of the sun through solar panels. Three years later, we are exceptionally
proud to say that we are now sourcing all electricity from renewable sources,
in alignment with our global ambition," he said.

Pernod Ricard is the only wine and spirits company globally to be
recognised by the United Nations as a Global Compact Lead,
demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals and its Ten Principles for responsible business.

SOURCE: Pernod Ricard Winemakers

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