Carbon Footprint Calculation

In 2009, Cono Sur calculated its carbon footprint for the entire company in Chile, which includes the Santiago office, the winery, and the vineyards. We did this in order to provide a precise diagnostic for climate change management.

What does this mean?

A carbon footprint is the total of greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by a company and is measured in tons of CO2 equivalents.

In order to ensure consistency, transparency, credibility, regulation, and verification of their GHG emissions calculation, Cono Sur worked with the CEMARS™ program, based on the ISO 14064:2006.

What is CEMARS™?

CEMARS™ stands for Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme and is a certificate of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions management and reduction. It is granted by CarbonZero, a New Zealand based company and pioneer in global environmental issues. Cono Sur Winery received this certification on August 3, 2010 for calculating its carbon footprint.

Lightweight bottle

Some months ago, Cono Sur made the decision to use 15% lighter bottles in their popular lines within Cono Sur and Isla Negra. The change helps to lower gas emissions generated in both the production and transportation of the bottles.

Glass is a critical material within the carbon footprint of wine as producing the bottles generates green house gases. Using less glass, therefore, allows for significant energy savings and reduces the levels of contaminants released into the environment. Lighter bottles also makes it easier to administer the container loads, making transportation more efficient.

Lightweight bottle - Carbon Footprint
Organic Packaging

Along with the use of lighter bottles, made of 100% recyclable material, our organic packaging includes labels made with post-consumer recycled paper (material discarded after consumer use), inks with low levels of harmful chemicals to the environment, 100% recyclable* screw caps in white varieties and young red wines, and non printed corks in the red varieties of our organic range.

*Except for the seal.

Organic Packaging - Carbon Footprint
Carbon Footprint - Cono Sur

Cono Sur’s CarbonNeutral delivery® status

In July 2007 Cono Sur became the first winery in the world to obtain CarbonNeutral® delivery status, which is renewed anually.

What does this mean?

The CO2 emissions from the maritime shipping of both Cono Sur and Isla Negra wines have been measured and compensated through the purchase of Carbon Bonds on international projects that have reduced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions. This measurement and compensation is done through The CarbonNeutral Company based in the UK.

How are CO2 emissions balanced to net zero?

After Cono Sur calculates its CO2 emissions, they must be balanced out to zero. This is accomplished through the purchase of Carbon Bonds. A Carbon Bond represents the right to emit a ton of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide).

The Carbon Bonds transaction mitigates the generation of GHG emissions, also benefitting the company that reduces or does not emit the permitted amount of GHG emissions in tons. The company must pay for any emissions that exceed that permitted amount.

What’s next?

Obtaining CarbonNeutral® delivery status back in 2007 was just the beginning. Cono Sur continues to work on improving its performance regarding climate change issues. The company’s CO2 transportation emissions are offset annually through the renewal of the CarbonNeutral® delivery status.

Additionally, Cono Sur is studying new, sustainable forms of energy supply for which it is conducting energy audits to then develop a renewable energy project at the winery and in the vineyards.

CarbonNeutral delivery® status

In February 2002, we became the first winery in South America to earn a double ISO certification: ISO 9001:2000 for our quality assurence procedures, and ISO 14001:1996 for our environmental policies. Both of these credentials required our production systems to rise to the norms set by the International Standards Organization, which are annually renewed and certified by German company TÜV Rheinland.

During the last trimester of 2009, with the aim of verifying and certifying the winery’s carbon footprint, along with assuring transparency, strength and accuracy to the calculation, Cono Sur’s Sustainable Development Department put together a multidisciplinary team in charge of implementing ISO 14064:2006. This norm specifies the principles and requirements for designing, developing, reporting and managing GHG’s inventories at the organizational level, as well as demanding the establishment of annual reduction objectives, and their permanent improvement.

Given the importance of energy management and its direct relation to our carbon footprint, Cono Sur decided to strengthen their management system by incorporating the ISO 50.001, an emerging international standard that defines the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving energy management. We became certified in June 2014.

ISO 9001, ISO 14001

At the end of 2003, Cono Sur began to adhere to the first Clean Production Agreement in the wine sector (APL). This agreement provided for the proper management of pesticides, from selection to its application. Two other major items corresponded to managing plant waste from the winemaking process and liquid industrial waste (RILes). At the beginning of 2006, we were APL certified.

Cono Sur currently adheres to the wine industry´s second Clean Production Act, which reinforces the first one. This time, we received the certification both for the wine cellar and our Santa Elisa Estate in August 2014.


In line with our integrated management policy, Viña Cono Sur decided to implement an occupational health and safety management system, based upon the international norms of OHSAS 18.001. This system evaluates each of the organization´s activities and seeks to identify and control all risks that could significantly affect the health and safety of our workers. This certification was obtained in August 2014.


Viña Cono Sur voluntarily adheres to the National Sustainability Code, which consists of the three following areas:

Green: Vineyards. This addresses issues such as erosion, soil management, nutrition, handing of agrochemicals and energy, among others.

Red: Bodegas and bottling plants. This area includes saving energy, water management, contamination prevention and waste management, among others.

Orange: Social. This addresses ethics, the environment, quality of work environment, community, marketing and our compromise to consumers.

We began implementing these procedures in late 2012 and became certified in all three areas in late 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.sustentavid.org/.

Certified Sustainable Wine of Chile

No family trees, no dusty bottles, just quality wine


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