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KWV’s commitment to environmental preservation is reflected in its policy and Integrated Management System (IMS). A Policy statement was developed which reflects the company position in terms of EHS. KWV ensures that practices and procedures relating to the purchase of raw materials, as well as production and packaging operations, are evaluated so as to guarantee minimal detrimental effect on the environment.
In addition to practices concerning sustainability, KWV’s IMS also places an emphasis on product quality, food safety, employee health and safety, and waste management. KWV has reviewed current waste streams in order to optimize the recycling program to minimise waste to landfill.
KWV and all its grape and wine product suppliers are accredited members of the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) scheme, an internationally leading, extensive and strict sustainability programme. In addition to comprehensive requirements relating to agricultural best practices, the IPW also contains guidelines dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity in the Winelands.
The sustainability principles of the IPW scheme continue to be a focus of KWV, and the group has invested time with the suppliers of its raw materials to discuss the application of the principles.
Under supervision of the manager for sustainability, the environmental sustainability programme is implemented by the Technical Service Department whose roles are to evaluate, measure and monitor certain environmental aspects and the impacts these have on the business.
KWV successfully passed both IPW and Biodiversity Wine Initiative (BWI) audits in 2017.
Water and Energy Management
The group installed real-time monitoring devices on electricity and water distribution networks at the KWV production site in Paarl. The monitoring devices have been used to establish a consumption baseline for electricity consumption. The consumption for both water and electricity are actively being monitored and managed per department through the environmental sustainability programme, fluctuations and spikes are investigated to determine root causes and management interventions are employed to reduce or manage resources. An overall saving of approximately 10% on water was made with process improvements and improved management controls.
KWV continues investigating and implementing techniques and technologies to improve operational efficiencies and, in the process, reducing the impact of its carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption.
KWV Installed 2 Borehole systems to reduce water consumption from municipal sources in 2018. The water is treated and fed into the main ring. The water quality is monitored and treated to SANS 241 standards and anticipated saving from municipal water of 30% is envisaged for 2019.
The effluent treatment plant is being modified early in 2019 in an effort to further improve effluent water quality.
As prescribed by the Drakenstein Municipality Water Supply, Sanitation Services and Industrial Effluent By-law, No. 18 of 2007, KWV applied for and obtained an Industrial Effluent Disposal permit which is valid for a period of five years.
The wetland trial project started in 2016 has been ongoing with promising results and outcomes. A continuation of the trial for the next financial year.
Solamoyo Processing Company, the result of a partnership between KWV, Distell and Brenn-O-Kem, operates our effluent disposal project. The management of the site is governed by the Management Services Agreement between Solamoyo Processing Company and the Breede Valley Municipal Council.
KWV Worcester is in the process of testing and commissioning further waste treatment equipment in 2019 to improve effluent quality being supplied to Solamoyo in 2020.
Solamoyo is working closely with the municipality and the Department of Water Affairs to ensure that the plant is adhering to the specifications set out by both parties.
KWV Safety and Process Risk Management
KWV has realigned the safety and risk management structure of the group to ensure compliance with legislation. The EHS Risks within all departments as well as the Security Risks are continuously evaluated for the business. These are addressed systematically to ensure compliance and to ensure that Risks are adequately considered.