The heat used in the distillation process is obtained entirely from bio fuel, which ensures a neutral balance when it comes to CO2. Unavoidable emissions of carbon dioxide due to the company’s commercial activities (such as the supply and delivery of goods, travel by car, plane etc.) are compensated for by the CO2 absorbed by the large areas of forest planted by the Company. In addition, the company’s involvement in the Impatto Zero® project helps to protect more than 340000 square miles of forest in Costa Rica.
USING THE VINACCIA
We use all the grape skins (vinaccia) so that there is no waste in the distillation process.
The vinaccia is used as fuel, both to produce the steam needed for distilling and for heating all the corporate facilities in winter (effectively, no fossil fuels are used).
Dried vinaccia is also shredded and made into pellets to fuel domestic central heating boilers.
As well as being edible, the oil extracted from the pressings (grape seed oil) is a product that can be used for health and dietary purposes.
CLEANING THE AIR
Burning viniaccia to fire our distillery leads to the emission of fumes into the Earth’s atmosphere.
These emissions, although originating from bio fuel (and therefore with low pollution levels), are kept to a minimum by using an electro-filter, so that emissions are kept well below the legal limits.
SAVING THE WATER
For cooling down and condensing the alcoholic vapours at the beginning of the grappa-making process, we use large quantities of water. Once the job of heat exchanging has been completed, the water is cooled down again using a cascade system that makes it possible to reintroduce it into the cooling circuit. Thus 95% of the water used is recovered.
Our thermo-electric power plant produces electrical and thermal energy using biomass as fuel. It is renewable, sustainable and clean, and has no negative effect on the surrounding area, on forestation or on the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.
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