UK wine agency Hatch Mansfield has committed to a clean water project in the Northern region of Uganda as its 2019 carbon offset program.
Each year, staff and customers choose a carbon offset project to offset the annual CO2 created by Hatch Mansfield’s shipments to the UK, the distribution of their wines from London City Bond, business mileage generated by their team and all office energy consumption.
This year, visitors to the stand at the London Wine Fair voted for the next project, and the water project was the winner. This micro project will identify broken-down boreholes and renovate them, to ensure that clean, safe water is delivered to the community. Through this project an additional 1,548 tonnes of CO2 will be offset.
“Ten years ago we looked hard at how best to articulate our attitude to the environment and how best to respond to the challenges,” said managing director Patrick McGrath. “We are very proud of the work that our team is doing and will continue to evolve to make sure we are always doing the best we can to minimise our impact on the environment.”
In 2013, Hatch Mansfield began working with the Woodland Trust. Through this ongoing partnership, they have contributed to the removal of 1,150 tonnes of carbon by planting 6,500 native British trees in the last six years. Hatch Mansfield also partners with Carbon Footprint Ltd, an innovative sustainability consultancy, for this initiative and has offset a further 2,200 tonnes of CO2 through various gold standard practices. Last year, they supported a carbon reduction project in the Brazilian Amazon and a tree planting project in the Kenyan Rift Valley.
The Hatch Mansfield portfolio of wines includes Champagne Taittinger, Louis Jadot, Terroirs et Talents, Joseph Mellot, Jean Luc Colombo, CVNE, Viña Errazuriz, Caliterra, Domaine Carneros, Robert Oatley, Villa Maria, Esk Valley, Vidal, Left Field, Kleine Zalze, Gaja and from October 2019, Zuccardi.