Sustainability

Sustainability

Being smarter and more efficient with our resource use is simply the right thing to do — for the environment and our bottom line. Safeguarding and ensuring the effective and efficient use of natural resources is a responsibility we all share. Constellation Brands has been committed to doing its part by operating in a responsible and sustainable manner for more than 70 years. Below you can read more about our initiatives and efforts relating to water, carbon, solar, waste, and more.

Water Stewardship

Water is essential for individuals, businesses, and communities where we live and work. We all play a role in safeguarding this precious natural resource, and Constellation Brands has a long history of working with industry and community partners to make a positive difference.

Our Approach

We are committed to serving as responsible stewards of water through efficient use at all of our facilities, maintaining source availability and quality, working with our business and community partners on conservation efforts, and transparent reporting.

Nava Water Stewardship

Our brewery in Nava, Mexico is one of the most state-of-the-art and highly efficient breweries in the industry. It features highly efficient water and wastewater treatment systems, reuses about 35% of incoming water, and has a water efficiency rate that is one of the best in the industry.

Napa Green

Robert Mondavi Winery and Franciscan Estate are certified under the Napa Green Winery Program by the Napa County Department of Environmental Management and the Association of Bay Area Government’s Green Business Program. To achieve certification, wineries must complete all regulatory components needed for environmental sustainability, including developing water and energy conversation methods, preventing pollution, and reducing solid waste.

Fish Friendly Farming

More than 1,300 acres of Constellation vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties are certified in the Fish Friendly Farming program. The third-party certification is provided by the California Department of Fish and Game, regional water boards, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Napa River Restoration Project

Our Napa Valley Vineyard Operations team collaborated with the EPA, the Napa County Flood Control Agency and other partners on a Napa River Restoration project which benefits wildlife and promotes biodiversity, increases water quality within the restoration zone and improves flood control. The objective was to restore 9 miles of the Napa River from Oakville Cross Road to Oak Knoll Avenue. The restoration project covered public and private property, including our Franciscan Oakville Estate and Wappo Hill Vineyards properties. 1.8 miles of our vineyard properties were redirected for river channel widening which reduces property damage and sediment delivery to prevent bank erosion.

Each year since 2009, we have submitted a climate change response to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), an independent not-for-profit organization that gives investors insight into companies’ greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and strategies for managing climate change and water risk. We were included in the 2017 CDP Leadership Index for our best practice actions around water management.

FY17 Water Intensity

(Liters of water withdrawals per liter of product produced)

3.19

Beer

Industry Average: 3.53*
Water Withdrawals: 5,340,000,000L
Beer Produced: 1,673,000,000L

4.34

Wine

Industry Average: 2.78*
Water Withdrawals: 2,235,000,000L
Wine Produced: 515,465,955L

22.48

Spirits

Industry Average: 39.04*
Water Withdrawals: 318,000,000L
Spirits Produced: 14,143,045L

* Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable's 2016 Water and Energy Use Benchmarking Study.
† Only winery water withdrawals used; no vineyard irrigation water data included.
◊ Only represents spirits facilities under our operational control.

Carbon

In 2017, we were named to the CDP Management Index for our work to effectively reduce emissions and our policy and strategic framework within which to take action and reduce negative climate change impacts.

Our CDP submission can be read on the CDP's website.

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions*

Carbon Intensity Metric Scope 1 and 2 (Metric Tonnes CO2e/Million Liters of Product Sold)

Metric Tonnes CO2E
Liters Product Sold
Year
230,842
1,659M
FY16 ◊
139
207,354
1,536M
FY15
135
194,518 †
1,423M †
FY14
137
122,018
694M
FY13
176
114,063
690M
FY12
165
102,275
648M
FY11
158
186,926
1,075M
FY10
174

Solar

Approximately 17,000 solar panels at four our wineries came online in 2010 and 2011, making the initiative one of the largest solar footprints in the U.S. wine industry. The solar power generated is projected to cover most, if not all, of the wineries’ energy needs. The four systems have a combined solar power of 3.95 megawatt DC, which is equivalent to 4.5 million pounds of emitted carbon being removed from the atmosphere. This amount equates to 9 million miles not driven annually or 226 million miles not driven over the next 25 years.

Our greatest legacy is what we can do for future generations. Protecting our planet is not only good business, but it is the right thing to do.

- Diana Vesosky, director, environmental health and safety

Internal Sustainability Award

Our annual Internal Sustainability Award is open to all our facilities worldwide. The goals of the award are to increase visibility of our wide-ranging sustainability initiatives, increase employee participation in local sustainability programs, and encourage progress towards meeting our sustainability goals. Criteria for the award include: greenhouse gases reduction; water reduction; energy reduction; solid waste reduction; recycling/reuse programs; community/supplier involvement; and “Green Team” activities. Previous winners include Estancia (2014), Clos du Bois (2015), and Franciscan (2016).

2017 Winner: Ruffino

As a global citizen, Constellation is compelled to do the right thing - and that starts with our CSR commitment. We are empowered to make sustainable choices across our business, and are always looking forward towards increased disclosure and a reduced environmental footprint.

- Steve Botic, director, environmental engineering

Brand Sustainability Efforts