Lanchester Wines – Renewable Heat & Energy projects
We believe every business has a duty of care to minimise its impact on the environment, which is why the Lanchester group of companies (including Lanchester Wines and 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 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 arrayon 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.
- We are pioneering world-changing heat pump technology using water from disused mines at our warehouses in Gateshead. Working with organisations including The Coal Authority, Environment Agency and numerous academics, we are the first business in the UK to draw heat from disused coal mines – we have capability to draw over 110 litres of water a second. And, at 4MW, we have Europe’s largest system of this kind. This will not only enable our customers to further reduce their carbon footprint, but also revolutionise how clean technology can be used in former mining areas across the world.
Our aspiration is to become a thought leader and sharer of best practice. As a privately owned, family business we are in a largely unique position which enable us to experiment and take risks in order to find new solutions, and we want others to emulate our successes – we believe what is good for the environment is good for us all.
Because being carbon neutral is just the beginning
Tony Cleary Managing Director