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. Below you can read more about our initiatives and efforts relating to water, carbon, solar, waste, and more.

I touch energy, water, and other sustainability projects, all of which impact Constellation’s ability to exist in harmony with the natural resources upon which we depend. With increasing awareness from our customers and channel partners, justifying sustainability projects is becoming easier. If a project increases our company’s longevity and results in immediate and long-term cost savings, it rises to the top of the list for me!

- Kelly Graves, senior director, applied technology

Responsible Water Use

Water is essential to the production of our brands and vital to our markets, consumers, and local communities. We recognize that changes in quantity and quality of our water supply can have far-reaching and extended impacts. This is why we believe it is imperative to collectively champion the responsible use of water to reduce the risk to our local communities and our operations.

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. In 2017, we were named to the CDP Leadership Index for our best practice actions around water management.

Just one example of our responsible water use - our brewery in Nava, Mexico, reuses about 35% of incoming water and has a water intensity rate of 3.15 liters of water per liter of product - one of the best in the industry.

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.

The philosophy of sustainability at Constellation really translates into the employees’ pride and environmental and social commitments in every aspect of the business. I am proud to be part of a company that sincerely values employee opinions and actively integrates employee suggestions into solutions.

- Meg Sternowski, manager, environmental sustainability

Carbon

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. 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

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.

2014 Winner: Estancia
2015 Winner: Clos du Bois
2016 Winner: Franciscan

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

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.

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