Encirc study finds bulk shipping could reduce the UK wine industry's carbon footprint by up to 50%.

Encirc, in co-operation with environmental consultancy Carbon Intelligence, found that significant carbon savings could be made through importing wine to the UK via bulk shipping.

The analysis found that products from the most popular wine-making regions (New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa), could reduce its shipping carbon footprint by over 50% if it was transported to the UK in bulk, rather than in bottles.

Bulk shipping wine means that beverages are transported in larger quantities, rather than in pre-filled bottles on palettes.

This means that around three times the amount of wine can be shipped in the same journey.

The study by Carbon Intelligence compared using bulk shipping and Encirc’s unique 360 service, against bringing wine into the UK using traditional methods in bottles.

The results suggest that bulk shipping can halve the transport carbon footprint during the transportation of wine coming from New Zealand.

For Encirc’s customers, the study found that replacing bottled with bulk-shipped wine could reduce the company’s shipping carbon footprint by 31,000 tonnes CO2e per year.

The analysis comes on the back of Vidrala's, a parent company of Encirc, announcement of its new Science-Based Targets, made to help prevent the planet’s temperature from rising more than 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels.

Mark Holmes, Vidrala General Manager, said: “Encirc’s 360 service will be key to helping it meet these ambitious climate goals and is increasing its wine filling capacity by around 75 million litres per annum."

In Encirc’s journey towards hitting its ambitious science-based targets, the business is embarking on a range of ground-breaking environmental projects, many of which will be announced over the next year.