TN COOPERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Focused on improvements related to our toasting system, waste management, water use and energy efficiency to satisfy our client’s needs, while reducing our environmental impact.

Sustainability for TN Coopers, over the last few years, has been one of the strategic pillars through diverse R&D research projects; forests certified by PFEC, recycling, traceability and many other sustainability issues are becoming more and more relevant in our industry. TN Coopers has taken this on as a long-term commitment, and begun integrating sustainable practices into the production processes.

  • ECOFRIENDLY TOASTING SYSTEM


    Traditionally, the finishing process of toasting barrels has always been done using fire, by putting the wood directly in contact with the flame. At TN Coopers, a part of our production (such as the  Tradition Mistral line) is still done in this way; but in 2004, the company, aware of the wine industry’s demands, and according to our strict environmental policies, created and patented an exclusive toasting technology which uses the principle of heating via convection (hot air). In this process, the barrels are toasted by a hermetic convection oven that uses LPG (Liquid Propane Gas) as its main source of fuel to heat air.

    LPG is a widely available fuel, easy to transport and energy efficient. Its calorific value is 55,000 kJ/Kg, while that of wood, which is used as the main source of heat for barrel toasting, is between 17,000 and 22,000 kJ/kg. This means that LPG needs 3 times less energy than wood. On the other hand, by using LPG, our processes do not release particles (PM) or greenhouse gases (NOx and COx) and can significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2). According to a report on LPG’s working emissions, wood has 700.7 kg CO2 / Gj while LPG emissions are 116.8 kg CO2 / Gj. In other words, by changing wood to LPG, our process can reduce net carbon emissions by 67%.

  • PRODUCT WASTE EFFICIENCY PROGRAM (PERP IN SPANISH)


    According to our ecofriendly production programs, TN Coopers intends to make each step of our production line as efficient as possible. After a rigorous quality inspection and categorization process, almost 95% of all oak waste is reused to produce oak by-products, like shavings, viniblock and combustible material (for the Mistral barrel line). The remaining 5%, mainly oak dust mixed with aluminum particles from the barrel sanding process, is stored to produce compost.

  • SEASONAL WATER PROGRAM

    The most important processes in TN Coopers begin in our wood yard, where oak maturation takes place. This step, commonly known as “oak curing” is where the unpleasant aromas and flavors, such as bitter tannins, are eliminated by different natural means. To do this, the raw material is stored in special wood towers which allow for air circulation and curing under the sun, wind, occasional rain and additional sprinkling for washing before drying naturally for at least 24 months.

    At TN Coopers, we are an environmentally aware company. We have developed a unique and exhaustive sprinkling system to help eliminate these undesired organic components. The program calculates the specific amount of water that the staves need, considering the weather conditions and period of the year. This algorithm helps extract from underground water sources, the exact amount the staves need. Then, the remaining water that falls through the staves is recovered by a channel system, whose main purpose is to water the surrounding agricultural terrains.

  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM


    Our new facilities are equipped with low consumption lighting and solar panels which help us minimize our energy consumption. Also, TN Cooper’s new production plant is equipped with ventilated micro walls which help us use natural sunlight to minimize artificial lighting during the day while providing natural ventilation, thus reducing the need of artificial air conditioning inside the building.

  • SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY MANAGEMENT CRITERIA


    TN Coopers, as an important wood consumer, promotes sustainable forestry management through a forestry certification program. This program, called PEFC, is a non-profit, non-governmental international organization dedicated to promoting the sustainable management of French oak via independent third-party certification. PEFC works throughout the forestry supply chain to promote best practices in the forest and to guarantee that wood and non-wood related forestry products are produced with the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. In this sense, TN Coopers guarantees that all its French oak manufactures are certified by PEFC.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE - BIODIVERSITY


    The territorial planning and design of each property can positively or negatively impact biodiversity. As part of this project, zones of high ecological value and those with greater potential for biodiversity conservation have been set aside in our production plant. Special analysis was made for the plant’s construction and the definition of production areas to not affect our natural surroundings, keeping the Mediterranean ecosystem of central Chile.
    Some of the conservation projects we have implemented at TN Coopers related to protecting biodiversity are:
    • Industrial waste management to avoid contamination.
    • Conservation of native trees or bushes around roads, warehouses and offices.
    • Integrated pest management.
    • Reforestation or renewal using native plants.
    • Repopulation of the area’s ornithological fauna.
    • Conservation and care of the lagoon as a habitat for fish, birds and other species.
    • Prevention of soil erosion.
Focused on improvements related to our toasting system, waste management, water use and energy efficiency to satisfy our client’s needs, while reducing our environmental impact.

Sustainability for TN Coopers, over the last few years, has been one of the strategic pillars through diverse R&D research projects; forests certified by PFEC, recycling, traceability and many other sustainability issues are becoming more and more relevant in our industry. TN Coopers has taken this on as a long-term commitment, and begun integrating sustainable practices into the production processes.

  • ECOFRIENDLY TOASTING SYSTEM


    Traditionally, the finishing process of toasting barrels has always been done using fire, by putting the wood directly in contact with the flame. At TN Coopers, a part of our production (such as the  Tradition Mistral line) is still done in this way; but in 2004, the company, aware of the wine industry’s demands, and according to our strict environmental policies, created and patented an exclusive toasting technology which uses the principle of heating via convection (hot air). In this process, the barrels are toasted by a hermetic convection oven that uses LPG (Liquid Propane Gas) as its main source of fuel to heat air.

    LPG is a widely available fuel, easy to transport and energy efficient. Its calorific value is 55,000 kJ/Kg, while that of wood, which is used as the main source of heat for barrel toasting, is between 17,000 and 22,000 kJ/kg. This means that LPG needs 3 times less energy than wood. On the other hand, by using LPG, our processes do not release particles (PM) or greenhouse gases (NOx and COx) and can significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2). According to a report on LPG’s working emissions, wood has 700.7 kg CO2 / Gj while LPG emissions are 116.8 kg CO2 / Gj. In other words, by changing wood to LPG, our process can reduce net carbon emissions by 67%.

  • PRODUCT WASTE EFFICIENCY
    PROGRAM (PERP IN SPANISH)


    According to our ecofriendly production programs, TN Coopers intends to make each step of our production line as efficient as possible. After a rigorous quality inspection and categorization process, almost 95% of all oak waste is reused to produce oak by-products, like shavings, viniblock and combustible material (for the Mistral barrel line). The remaining 5%, mainly oak dust mixed with aluminum particles from the barrel sanding process, is stored to produce compost.

  • SEASONAL WATER PROGRAM

    The most important processes in TN Coopers begin in our wood yard, where oak maturation takes place. This step, commonly known as “oak curing” is where the unpleasant aromas and flavors, such as bitter tannins, are eliminated by different natural means. To do this, the raw material is stored in special wood towers which allow for air circulation and curing under the sun, wind, occasional rain and additional sprinkling for washing before drying naturally for at least 24 months.

    At TN Coopers, we are an environmentally aware company. We have developed a unique and exhaustive sprinkling system to help eliminate these undesired organic components. The program calculates the specific amount of water that the staves need, considering the weather conditions and period of the year. This algorithm helps extract from underground water sources, the exact amount the staves need. Then, the remaining water that falls through the staves is recovered by a channel system, whose main purpose is to water the surrounding agricultural terrains.

  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM


    Our new facilities are equipped with low consumption lighting and solar panels which help us minimize our energy consumption. Also, TN Cooper’s new production plant is equipped with ventilated micro walls which help us use natural sunlight to minimize artificial lighting during the day while providing natural ventilation, thus reducing the need of artificial air conditioning inside the building.

  • SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY
    MANAGEMENT CRITERIA


    TN Coopers, as an important wood consumer, promotes sustainable forestry management through a forestry certification program. This program, called PEFC, is a non-profit, non-governmental international organization dedicated to promoting the sustainable management of French oak via independent third-party certification. PEFC works throughout the forestry supply chain to promote best practices in the forest and to guarantee that wood and non-wood related forestry products are produced with the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. In this sense, TN Coopers guarantees that all its French oak manufactures are certified by PEFC.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE -
    BIODIVERSITY


    The territorial planning and design of each property can positively or negatively impact biodiversity. As part of this project, zones of high ecological value and those with greater potential for biodiversity conservation have been set aside in our production plant. Special analysis was made for the plant’s construction and the definition of production areas to not affect our natural surroundings, keeping the Mediterranean ecosystem of central Chile.
    Some of the conservation projects we have implemented at TN Coopers related to protecting biodiversity are:
    • Industrial waste management to avoid contamination.
    • Conservation of native trees or bushes around roads, warehouses and offices.
    • Integrated pest management.
    • Reforestation or renewal using native plants.
    • Repopulation of the area’s ornithological fauna.
    • Conservation and care of the lagoon as a habitat for fish, birds and other species.
    • Prevention of soil erosion.