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This is probably the biggest challenge facing mankind in the years and decades to come. There is now an overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change: greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) resulting from human activity have contributed to a global temperature change with potentially devastating consequences for our environment, health and economic and geopolitical systems. The message is clear: we must act now to reduce the planet’s GHG emissions by half – which for a developed country like France, means cutting its emissions per unit of output by a factor of four (or 75%).
Champagne took action long before the passing of legislation. In early 2003 we assessed the carbon footprint of the industry as a whole. Soon after, we launched the Champagne Climate Plan to demonstrate our solidarity with future generations.
The Plan today is implemented through five main strands, encompassing 16 research and development programmes and more than 40 individual projects either underway or in the pipeline.
Strand 1/Viticulture and Oenology:
Strand 5/Ancillary activities:
These efforts are starting to bear fruit as the carbon footprint of the Champagne industry was reduced by 15% between 2003 and 2010.
A pioneering commitment