We believe being Carbon Neutral is just the beginning.
We believe every business has a duty of care to minimise its impact on the environment, which is why Lanchester Wines and the wider Lanchester group of companies, which includes Greencroft Bottling, has worked tirelessly over the last decade to ensure sustainability is at our core.
There is, unfortunately, no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to sustainability and so we’ve invested considerably to identify which changes we can make to lessen our effect on our planet.
Our business’ greatest opportunity to make a change is through minimising our reliance on fossil fuels. As such, we’ve invested over £8million in renewable heat and energy generation at our sites across the North East of England and today our business is powered almost completely by renewable wind and solar energy
Our four wind turbines produce around 5.5million kWh (kilowatt hours) of clean, renewable electricity per year. We use around 42% of this electricity to run operations at our Greencroft Estate (including Lanchester Wines, Greencroft Bottling and Lanchester Gifts) with the remaining electricity – enough to power 800 three bedroom homes – feeding into the National Grid for use within our local community.
We also have a 41 kilowatt solar array on the roof of Lanchester Wines’ office complex, which is calculated to produce enough clean electricity to cover our day-to-day use. The chemical reactions which occur within solar panels are more efficient at cooler temperatures so County Durham’s bright and sunny, yet rather chilly, weather is perfect for our solar panels.