This is an excerpt from the Fairhills document, illustrating the core aims and scope of the environmental policy. The full policy document can be viewed here in PDF format: EnviroPolicy_text
This policy document is also available in Afrikaans.
1. Scope of Policy
This document governs the environmental and land development protocol of Fairhills’ producers. It is not compiled to place a burden upon producers, but rather aid them and inform them of sustainable farming practices, environmentally friendly production and land-use planning and guide landscape planning for best aesthetic and energy-conservation effect. It is the aim of the policy to make planning decisions easier for land owners within the Fairhills community.
The policy also looks into our farming methods and outlines rules that will assure producers they will stay on the right side of Flo-CERT regulations, ecological conservation efforts and carbon footprint reduction. This includes the proper use of chemical agents and which of these are harmful to the environment.
The policy also encourages producers to diversify their economic activity through varied land use patterns. Not only does this look after the needs of nature, but the need for financial sustainability and general community prosperity. Through this, guidelines are set to make sure new structures are built responsibly, in the correct locales and with natural disasters in mind.
In summation, the role of the policy is to protect producers from the wrath of climate change, protect their properties from natural disaster damage and balance the needs of land-owners with the environment.
2. Environmental Aims of Fairhills
- To produce quality wines that takes as many environmental concerns into account as possible.
- To make every attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of our production.
- To create living environments for humans which are comfortable, but environmentally sustainable.
- To take climate change seriously and proactively mitigate its effects for our operations and for our Earth as a whole.
- To reduce waste and recycle as much as possible.
- To educate producers and staff members about the dangers of unsustainable lifestyles and agricultural production.
- To protect the Cape Floral Kingdom, to protect water resources and protect ecologically sensitive areas.
- To improve degraded environments through proactive rehabilitation measures.
- To protect producers and staff from floods, fire, erosion and drought.