Volio has partnered with Carbonfund.org to analyze and 100% offset our company’s carbon emissions from 2019 onward. Going carbon neutral is a key part of our larger effort to increase environmental sustainability at each stage of our operations.
Volio’s mission has always been to bring the vineyard experience closer to the consumer experience, which requires, in part, shipping wine from Italy, France, and Spain to the US. This trans-Atlantic journey generates a lot of waste in the form of harmful carbon dioxide. And while we believe in what we do, the carbon footprint of the wine industry cannot be ignored. This means it is our responsibility to address. Our decision to partner with Carbonfund.org was driven by the desire to establish business practices that will allow our industry as a whole to thrive for many vintages to come.
Volio’s founder, Charles Lazzara, explains our motivation:
“The wine industry is so deeply rooted in the environment that we feel it is our obligation to engage thoughtfully and impactfully in sustainability. As a wine importer, a lot of Volio’s business involves shipping large quantities of heavy wine across the world, which produces a significant volume of CO2. Partnering with Carbonfund.org will allow us to be carbon neutral as a business and to offset every bottle of wine that we bring across the Atlantic.”
Carbonfund.org provides organizations the opportunity to “Reduce what you can, Offset what you can’t™.” Carbonfund.org states:
“We encourage everyone to continually strive to reduce their carbon footprint through sensible energy reductions combined with cost-effective carbon offsets to eliminate their overall carbon footprint. Carbonfund.org supports third-party validated and verified renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change.”
“Since founding Volio, I have been focused on representing multi-generation, family-owned estates who display tremendous respect for the land they farm to produce wine,” says Lazzara. “And, with the majority of our suppliers practicing sustainable, organic, and biodynamic farming in addition to employing renewable energy sources like solar to power their wineries, it was only logical that Volio align its business operations to offset carbon, our greatest impact as a business on the environment.”
Volio Imports is committed to helping preserve the environment for future generations–not only for us, but also for our supplier, distributor, retail, restaurant, and consumer partners. By offsetting all of our carbon emissions from 2019 onward, we hope to inspire others in the wine industry to do the same.
We are energized to continue prioritizing environmental sustainability in everything we do.
Stay tuned for more initiatives on the horizon!