The Champagne goes to school at Cop21

by Tuesday, December 1, 2015

While Paris is hosting the Cop 21 in order to reach an agreement to fight global warming, Champagne contributes to the international effort through his pioneering commitment to responsible and sustainable viticulture.

Global warming is a fact in Champagne: in 30 years, temperatures have increased by almost 1,2 ° C and the dates of flowering and harvesting are anticipated two weeks. “The Champagne has promptly become aware of the climate imperative, It was our duty to act in advance, "said Vincent Perrin, Director General of the Comité Champagne.

The entire Champagne has mobilized from years ' 80 to implement environmental solutions (technical protocols, Tools, advice and support).

In 2003, the Champagne was the first wine region in the world to calculate their carbon footprint and to establish a plan that has identified several actions (sustainable viticulture, transport of goods, energy efficiency of buildings, responsible procurement and participation) that led to innovative solutions, How to reduce 7% the weight of the bottle of champagne.

The Champagne 10 years has reduced its carbon footprint of 15% per bottle shipped and is one of the few sectors to have reduced its emissions in absolute terms.

Today, the 100% growers of Champagne are integrated in this process.

In addition, Subscribe to the Unesco World Heritage site of “Coteaux, Maisons and Caves of Champagne” encourages these efforts and demonstrates the capacity of the sector to preserve its heritage.

“Wine growers and Champagne houses are more United than ever around a strategy of sustainable viticulture. Enhance our wines mean constantly innovate to pass on to future generations a heritage economic and ecological”, conclude Pascal Férat and Jean-Marie Barillère, the co-chairs of the Comité Champagne.

The Comité Champagne is semi-public body that represents all the Maison and the Champagne Vintners, the French wine region that stretches to about 150 km east of Paris. The Bureau du Champagne in Italy is part of a network of representative offices of the Comité Champagne active in major markets in the world.

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