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THE FLADGATE PARTNERSHIP – Treatment of Phytosanitary Effluents in the Douro Vineyard

In 2011, we started the treatment of phytosanitary effluents produced on the farms owned by The Fladgate Partnership and chose for this purpose the Heliosec method proposed by Syngenta. At that time, we were pioneers in Portugal in using this treatment for this type of effluent. The Heliosec station treatment was unknown to us and was a little heard of innovation in Europe. In choosing the station, we were captivated by the simplicity and efficiency of Syngenta’s proposal which is presented in: https://www.syngenta.pt/heliosec In summary, it is a tank lined with a plastic screen capable of receiving the phytosanitary effluents produced in the washing of spraying equipment...

LANCHESTER WINE – Being carbon neutral is just the beginning

We believe being carbon neutral is just the beginning. Being a sustainable wine business is very important to us, which is why we’ve invested heavily in renewable energy and heat generation. There are many ways to approach a sustainability or carbon footprint strategy and much is dependent on the activities of that company. The Lanchester Group runs a commercial sustainability strategy, which helps us prioritise the biggest impact projects which also make financial sense. Our operations on the Greencroft Estate are powered by three wind turbines which produce around 5,500,000 kWh (kilowatt hours) of clean, renewable electricity per year. We presently use around 42% of this electricity...

WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS – Greywater System

In 2017, our winery set out to improve our outdated wastewater management system. The original system was designed for our winery production back in 1995 and we produce approximately 77% more volume. In addition to the system being undersized, we wanted a plan that would better care for our land and set an example for winery improvements. We partnered with Clear Blu to design a water management system that provided pre-treatment, was up-to-date with industry standards and technology, complies with state and federal regulations, and had a dispersal system to handle the volume and composition in a safe and effective manner. We built a fully...

AMADO & ALMEIDA SANTOS – Small gestures, big consequences

Since its foundation, Amado & Almeida Santos has been concerned with the environment. Being a law firm, it did not seem that there were many behaviours that could be adopted with the goal to contribute to a better environment. However, every day we try to be meticulous and improve to avoid waste. We are aware that our Planet is the only one we have, and that it is up to all of us, in both our personal and professional lives, to choose to do something. Because we believe that even the simplest, smallest gestures can translate into major contributions in the long run, if only...

LIVING PLANIT – Real-time water quality monitoring in the Douro River

Water is one of the most important elements for the existence of life. The importance of water for the sustainability of our planet has resulted in it becoming a core focus in many countries, mainly with the goal of finding solutions to improve access to water and ensuring its quality. It is reported that only 3% of the world’s existing water supply is fit for consumption by humans and animals (United Nations – 2016). However, this water is not only for drinking, it has to support many other essential activities such as agriculture, industries and cleaning. Preservation of natural resources is increasingly discussed by...

ENVIRONMENTAL WAVES – Wastewater Treatment with a Nature-based solution

The Waves Floating System can be applied in the retrofit of conventional Constructed Wetlands, avoiding the costs associated with the removal, transport and deposition of the contaminated substrate. In a retrofit the Waves Floating System also manages to improve the treatment parameters, increasing the life time of Constructed Wetland and definitively eliminate the clogging problem....

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