Innoliva, works within an “integrated production” framework, which means seeking and implementing the most natural techniques we can find that represent the most efficient use of resources. Our processes aim to be compatible with both environmental protection and agricultural efficiency, and extend to the handling, packaging and labelling of our products. Our system reduces the use of fertilisers, phytosanitary products and fossil fuels, which are used only when strictly necessary. We use solar power where possible, and we have started a conversion to fully organic practices.
Innoliva has emerged at the forefront of the olive oil industry by developing technologies to optimise its use of valuable water resources in a water-scarce environment.
Our super high density olive groves are irrigated by surface and captured rainwater. The company does not use groundwater.
We assess new technological advances and water treatment processes as and when they become available.
We use drip irrigation and water meters throughout our olive groves, ensuring that the water we supply to our trees goes directly to their roots, reducing water waste and evaporation.
One of our groves is fed with water from natural rivers and artificial catchments that rely on rainwater. We are aware of and are concerned by the changing climate and its effect on the availability of surface water, hence our adherence to responsible use of the resource.
To increase the olive trees’ ability to absorb water and nutrients, we are trialling modern technologies such as the application of Mycogel (mycorrhizae in gel form) to the trees’ roots.
We have numerous climatic monitoring stations across our groves. These make extensive use of soil moisture sensors, salinity sensors and reporting systems to ensure that we use our water to its maximum efficiency.
Carbon emissions have a significant impact on climate change. Innoliva seeks to reduce its emissions and sequesters almost 9 times more carbon that it emits. This achievement is due in part to the carbon sequestering abilities of our 9 million olive trees.
Unlike some other agricultural processes, harvesting olives does not uproot the entire plant or disturb the soil. Harvesting olive trees therefore results in less soil carbon being oxidised and far less CO2 being released into the atmosphere than is the case when harvesting other crops.
The European Commission identified Innoliva as an industry leader and has appointed it as a member of the Technical Secretariat for its study on Product Carbon Footprints.
Moving towards organic
50 hectares of Innoliva’s olive groves are certified as organic. We have been managing our organic grove for four years and are familiar with the challenges associated with growing organic olive trees, and how to overcome them. Our management team has implemented a grove management program specifically for our organic groves and we are currently in the process of certifying an additional 250 hectares as organic. We will continue to examine our groves’ potential to become organic, increasing our expertise in this important production method.