Sustainability and environmental impact reduction are the order of the day. So, we cannot minimise the importance of such recognition by a world organisation governing the wine trade. The cork stopper is the only closure option for wine producers, distributors and retailers seeking to minimise their carbon footprint and adopt best practices in terms of environmental performance..
Mindful of the current economic situation and the growing awareness of social sustainability, the company António Almeida Cortiças, supported by a model of social and environmentally responsible management, has engaged in a deep restructuring of industrial infrastructures, in order to reduce industrial waste, rationalise the consumption of water and electrical and fossil energies, favouring the use of alternative energy sources with the aim of reducing CO₂ emissions.
The production of a natural cork stopper is capable of absorbing about 7.9 g of CO₂, when the entire cork sector, from the forest to the final stopper, is taken into account. Extrapolating the ecological footprint, we can conclude that the production of 500 million corks/year allows the retention of 4,000 tonnes of CO₂/year. Forest sustainability assumes a prominent role in the environmental policy of António Almeida Cortiças. The company’s shareholders own several cork oak forests, totalling 1,180 ha, and manage the land on the basis of biological agricultural practices, forest regeneration and revitalisation, as well as planting young cork oak trees in new areas.
With a global view of the product and process, António Almeida Cortiças creates added value, admittedly important for a World that is more aware and sensitive to major environmental issues.