Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has congratulated South Australia’s Yalumba Wine Company on taking out the Environment, Energy and Climate Action in Agribusiness Award at the NAB Agribusiness Awards for Excellence 2012, held last night.
The Award, sponsored by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, recognises excellence in researching and developing new ways of managing and conserving the environment and energy reserves and responding to the risks and opportunities posed by a changing climate.
Minister Ludwig said the Yalumba Wine Company was a worthy winner, having worked closely with the former Australian Greenhouse Office to develop an integrated emissions management program that spans the lifecycle of winemaking, including a lifecycle ‘carbon’ analysis tool.
"Yalumba Wine Company developed and implemented an innovative, eco-efficient winery and invested in the purchase of land specifically for the purpose of revegetation, carbon sequestration and conservation," Minister Ludwig said.
"They are a recognised and influential leader in the agribusiness sector, boasting a well established history of active engagement with the wider community."
The Award supports the priorities and objectives of the department’s climate change programs and initiatives that are addressing climate variability, adaptation and lowering land sector greenhouse gas emissions.
Minister Ludwig said finalists for the award looked to the low carbon future by planning and implementing processes to decrease their carbon footprint and demonstrated an awareness of the environment and the impact of their business upon it.
"Award finalist, Jaques Australian Coffee, established a large solar farm in North Queensland and is working towards making their business carbon positive by offsetting all of the power for their plantation cafe and houses, factories, irrigation and fertigation systems," Minister Ludwig said.
"South Australia’s St Hallet Wines has focused on projects and initiatives to improve the energy efficiency of their business and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including improving the efficiency of refrigeration and lighting."
Now in its 17th year, the NAB Agribusiness Awards for Excellence are the premier agribusiness awards in Australia, celebrating the achievements of the sector, highlighting excellence, innovation and leadership.