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29/05/2009

Taylors attain ISO14001 certification through innovative EcoMapping™ model

Taylors Wines' ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability earned it the internationally recognised ISO 14001 environmental standard, and made it the first company in Australia to reach 14001 using the EcoMapping™ model.

In October 2006, Taylors adopted the use of the innovative environmental management systems (EMS) tool, EcoMapping. Developed in Europe, the model has been used successfully for more than seven years by European small-to-medium enterprises seeking to use simple but effective environmental management systems as a way to improving business and environmental performance.

The system draws maps to identify areas of concern which are then analysed to determine what can be improved across the areas of:

1) water, soil and storage

2) air, odour, noise and dust

3) energy, waste and risk

EcoMapping is an environmental management system that complies with the ISO 14001 standard and maps from the model were used to meet the ISO 14001 requirements.

This achievement forms just one key component of Taylors’ extensive Environmental Action Plan: Taylors are driving a community works project working with the local community of Clare to revegetate the Upper Wakefield Catchment.

Taylors' NSW head office has commenced using 100% green power from renewable sources. The Taylors winery site is also investigating renewable energy sources including solar, wind and green power options.

In 2007, then Federal Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, officially opened Taylors’ state-of-the-art Water Recycling Plant at its Clare Valley winery which recycles 100% of wastewater produced by the winery and bottling hall for reuse on the company’s vineyards. Taylors are also undertaking a number of other water-saving initiatives including straw spreading and dam lining to minimise water loss, using modern dripper lines between vines and organic waste including grape mark as compost.

“This is just one more step towards Taylors achieving its environmental goals. We are really striving to gain a greater understanding of what we as a business and as a community can do to help lessen the impact on the environment. The EcoMapping model has been a really successful tool in helping us achieve this understanding,” Clinton Taylor of Taylors Wines said.

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