First wine company to be named green power partner of the year for onsite renewables
Santa Rosa, Calif., October 17, 2016 — Jackson Family Wines announced today that it has received a 2016 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Jackson Family Wines with a Green Power Partner of the Year award at the 2016 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Francisco, California on October 17, 2016.
Jackson Family Wines was one of only three organizations nationwide to be chosen as a Green Power Partner of the Year. With this award, EPA recognizes Green Power Partners that distinguish themselves through their leadership, overall strategy, and impact on the green power market. Jackson Family Wines is currently using nearly 44 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 113 percent of the organization’s overall electricity use. In addition, according to independent research, Jackson Family Wines is the largest solar generator in the US wine industry, generating electricity from 6.5MW of onsite solar energy systems installed across nine wineries. Per calculations based on Energy Information Administration numbers, this electricity production will offset over 1,400 California homes’ worth of annual electricity consumption per year. By choosing clean, renewable energy, Jackson Family Wines is accelerating the transition to a more sustainable energy future.
“It is a great honor to be the first winery selected by the EPA as a Green Power Partner of the Year,” said Katie Jackson, VP Sustainability and External Affairs. “Our investment in renewable energy is driven by my family’s commitment to make the highest quality wines in the most responsible manner. As a family owned business committed to remaining viable for multiple generations, we are excited to be leaders in demonstrating the value of green power in supporting energy independence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.
“Receiving the Green Power Partner of the Year Award is a great honor,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “We applaud Jackson Family Wines’ exemplary leadership in using and advancing the market for green power. This should serve as a model for the entire country.”
According to the EPA, Jackson Family Wines’ current green power use of nearly 44 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 4,000 average American homes annually.
Jackson Family Wines’ approach to sustainability is rooted in the family’s multi-generational vision to make world-class wines while having a positive and lasting impact upon natural resources, employees and communities. Highlights of Jackson Family Wines’ progress since 2008 include:
- Certification for all family-owned wineries and vineyards through third party sustainability programs: California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW), Sustainability in Practice (SIP), or Low Input Viticulture & Enology (LIVE)
- 31% reduction in overall winery water use
- 4 megawatt hours of Tesla Powerpacks (stationary battery storage systems) installed onsite
- 17% reduction in Scope 1- 3 market based greenhouse gas intensity
- 98% of bottling line materials recycled annually
- Support for more than 50 community-based non-profits working to build a better world
Jackson Family Wines published its first ever sustainability report in September of this year. The report is supported by a list of comprehensive 5-year goals, which include:
- 25% reduction in market-based Scope 1-3 greenhouse gas emissions intensity
- 33% reduction in winery water intensity
- 50% offset of winemaking operations electricity usage from onsite renewables
- 50% reduction in facility solid waste generation
- 75% employee participation in annual community volunteer program
- Achieve zero-waste tasting rooms
- Pilot an innovative trial or continue an ongoing experimental pilot project each year
- Commit to at least one land conservation or restoration project per year
About Jackson Family Wines
Since 1982, our multi-generational, family-owned wine company has grown into a premium collection of wineries and estate vineyards across California, Oregon, Italy, France, Australia, Chile and South Africa. Although wine enthusiasts have enjoyed our wines for decades, perhaps lesser known is how sustainability is embedded into our values and winemaking practices. Responsibility and environmental stewardship are the cornerstone of our family business and we are committed to redefining business as usual. To learn more, visit www.jacksonfamilywines.com.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; Direct Project Engagement; Excellence in Green Power Use; and Green Power Community of the Year. EPA’s Green Power Partner Awards recognize the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. The Awards are held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. For additional information please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards.